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YPFP London: Clear and Present Danger: Debating the Strategy for Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness.” JFK 1962
In the fifty years since John F Kennedy’s fateful words, the world is still suspended under the ominous cloud of nuclear warfare. Reports this month of underground nuclear tests in North Korea have once again raised the spectre of the nuclear threat in our global consciousness. Meanwhile, the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) will be holding talks with Iran from 26 February, to discuss the stepping down of sanctions in return for the paring back of Iran’s nuclear programme. All this is set against the backdrop of the reality that, of an estimated 23,000 nuclear warheads in existence, 95% are held by the US and Russia.
YPFP is delighted to host an esteemed panel to discuss legality, utility and morality of the strategies adopted for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Mr. Paul Ingram – Executive Director of the British American Security Information Council
A nuclear security and disarmament expert, Mr. Ingram leads on BASIC’s work as host to the BASIC Trident Commission in London, and BASIC’s NATO programme, looking to reduce the Alliance dependency upon nuclear weapons.
Dr. Patricia Lewis – Research Director, International Security at Chatham House
With expertise in international security and defence policy issues, Dr. Lewis is also currently a member, International Advisory Board of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and has previously been the Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva.
Dr. Julian Lewis MP – MP for New Forest East
A British Conservative Party politician, Dr. Lewis is widely known to be vocally in support of strategic nuclear deterrence for the UK through the retention and renewal of the UK Trident programme. In his parliamentary career, he has previously been the Shadow Defence Minister and a Member of the Defence Select Committee, before joining the Front Bench.
Commander Andy Corbett – Royal Navy, and PhD candidate at King’s College
Commander Corbett is a career submarine officer in the Royal Navy, having commanded the Trident submarines HMS Vengeance and HMS Vanguard. He currently works with the Ministry of Defence, and is a doctoral candidate at King’s College, London.
A reception will follow the event where you are invited to stay and continue the conversation in a relaxed and informal setting.
**This event is open to members only**