Programme themes

Defence and security

Our non-proliferation programme has been running for thirty years, addressing the spread of WMD and supporting international governance of proliferation.

We cover nuclear, chemical and biological non-proliferation from different perspectives. Themes include the status and future of the international regimes on non-proliferation, the challenges posed by new scientific developments, how agreements can be dependably verified, the prospects for stable nuclear order and the potential for eventual nuclear disarmament. More recently we have expanded our work in support of the international Arms Trade Treaty.

Recent events

Privacy, security and surveillance

Connecting space with international security and stability

The future of global conflict

Nuclear non-proliferation: preparing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Compliance issues in the BTWC

WMD verification: global capacity challenges

The future of extended deterrence and assurance: implications for NATO and Northeast Asia

Strengthened multi-sectoral collaboration in addressing biosecurity threats in the ASEAN region

The Arms Trade Treaty

Euro-Atlantic security

More in Defence and security

Other themes

Conflict prevention, resolution and state building
Global economy
Human rights, good governance and faith
Multilateral institutions, key countries and regions
Sustainable development and the environment


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Disrupting cities through technology (WP1449)

17 Mar 2016 Conference

Cities are not isolated islands. Global cities are important actors in international politics, a milieu where political influence is gathered and exercised in unexpected ways: cities are entrepreneurs disrupting global governance. Technology is the means for global success. A globally …

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Wilton Park begins to celebrate its 70th anniversary year

18 Jan 2016 News and blogs

Two homes, one institution. Over the past 70 years Wilton Park has added its own successes to the rich history of Foreign & Commonwealth Office diplomacy. This journey is marked by its transition from a secret camp for interrogating enemy generals …

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Iran – signing the nuclear deal (WP1414)

18 Dec 2015 Podcast

We discuss the current situation in Iran and ask what part the NPT played and if the third pillar of the treaty helped in the negotiations. Contributors: Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Center for 21st Century …

futures, trends, horizon scanning

The future of borders: geopolitical trends and challenges to 2030 (WP1458)

24 Feb 2016 Conference

Building on the outcomes of the Strategic Defence Spending Review (SDSR) and on previous Wilton Park ‘futures’ discussions, the 9th annual Wilton Park meeting in the International Futures series will examine how a wide range of trends, challenges and opportunities …

WP1437 Russia - their relationship with NATO

NATO – their relationship with Russia (WP1437)

23 Nov 2015 Podcast

We talk about what Russia is doing at the current time to cause concern both at home and internationally, what the range of NATO members think of the situation and what options NATO have. Contributors: Julie Smith, Senior Fellow and …

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The dark web (WP1412)

16 Nov 2015 Podcast

We ask what the dark web/dark net is, why Interpol is interested in it and how you find and pursue criminals. Contributors: Guy Collyer, Programme Manager, INTERPOL, Lyon Josefina Borghi, Researcher, INTERPOL, Lyon  

Meeting of Commission I, General Provisions, Committee 1 on Preamble, Purposes and Principles; Henri Rolin (Belgium), Chairman. 4 May 1945. Delegates of fifty nations met at San Francisco between April 25 and June 26, 1945. Working on the Dumbarton Oaks proposals, the Yalta Agreement, and amendments proposed by various Governments, the Conference agreed upon the Charter of the United Nations and the Statute of the New International Court of Justice. The Charter was passed unanimously and signed by all the representatives. It came into force on October 24, 1945, when China, France, the USSR, the United Kingdom, and the United States and a majority of the other signatories had filed their instruments of ratification. 4/May/1945. San Francisco, United States. UN Photo/Lundquist.

‘We the People……’

24 Oct 2015 News and blogs

On the 24th October 1945, the United Nations (UN) officially came into being after the ratification of its founding document, the UN Charter, by the majority of its signatories including the five permanent members of the Security Council. Emphasised in …

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NATO and Russia: managing the relationship

16 Oct 2015 News and blogs

In light of the sustained damage that has been done to NATO-Russia relations by Russian military aggression, discussion is sorely needed on the way forward for the relationship. NATO and Russia: managing the relationship Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 October …

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New configurations of international order: a system creaking or cracking?

15 Oct 2015 News and blogs

The global system and architecture set up in the aftermath of the Second World War are largely still in place. Are they still fit for purpose, and how well is the rise of emerging powers being accounted for? New configurations …

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Biological weapons of mass destruction (WP1416)

9 Oct 2015 Podcast

We talk about how the BWC community govern biological weapons and ask if the policy makers are able to respond fast enough to scientific and technological change. Contributors: Ralf Trapp, International Disarmament Consultant, Chessenaz Jez Littlewood, Director, Canadian Centre of …

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