Defence and security
Wilton Park’s 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. Annual events include a summer conference on stability among nuclear-armed states, and our flagship conference on nuclear non-proliferation held annually in December. Other themes include reinvigorating conventional arms control in Europe and combatting illicit nuclear trafficking.
Our long-standing partnerships provide us with valued intellectual and financial support. For example: foreign ministries in Canada, the UK, the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden; US national laboratories Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia; NGOs and think tanks, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, and the Verification Training and Research Centre.
Discussions also address policy and capability, stabilisation and counter-insurgency operations, NATO priorities, maritime security, defence systems and state intelligence. We consider Alliance relationships, bringing together senior policy experts and officials from both members and partner countries to help shape the future agenda for the transatlantic security and defence relationship as well as NATO’s contribution to collective security. In May 2013 Wilton Park held its first ever conference on professional military education (PME) in collaboration with Allied Command Transformation and NATO Defense College, issuing recommendations on how to maintain education as a key enabler of the human capital that is the comparative advantage of NATO militaries during a time of shrinking defence budgets.