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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Challenges to European security: parliamentary perspectives and responses (WP1441)

15 Feb 2016 Conference

In a changing geopolitical landscape, Eastern Europe is becoming more militarised and its future stability much less certain, largely in response to the challenges posed by Russia. Its actions not only threaten former states of the Soviet Union, but the …

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Prospects for the nuclear non-proliferation regime

26 Sep 2015 News and blogs

Today we celebrate the United Nation’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which is recognised annually on the 26th September. Wilton Park will once again, in December, bring together an array of nuclear experts to discuss what …

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The Bedrock of safe and secure shipping

24 Sep 2015 News and blogs

Today, Wilton Park marks World Maritime Day and reflects on this year’s theme ‘Maritime education and training. In today’s world, with rise of intercontinental air travel, it is easy to overlook the fact that the majority of the world’s and …

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International Day of Peace 2015

21 Sep 2015 News and blogs

We reflect on the International Day of Peace 2015, and its theme ‘Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All’ On 21 September 2015, the world observes the International Day of Peace. This year, the theme will be ‘Partnerships for Peace …

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New configurations of international order: values, principles, alliances and alignments (WP1436)

22 Nov 2015 Conference

In the light of a rapidly evolving international system, Wilton Park and the Pandiá Calógeras Institute are organising this invite only, international conference to examine the shifting dynamics of international order. This meeting aims to: Better understand how these features …

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NATO and Russia: managing the relationship (WP1437)

21 Oct 2015 Conference

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its military intervention in Eastern Ukraine, together with its insistence on the right to take action on behalf of Russian speaking populations outside its own borders, have dramatically changed the political and security environment in …

Enhancing the security of the global maritime supply chain: detecting and permanently removing nuclear and other radioactive materials out of regulatory control (WP1432)

16 Nov 2015 Conference

As radiation detection systems have been increasingly deployed at seaports over the past decade, it has become clear that the removal of radioactive and nuclear Material Out of Regulatory Control (MORC) from the maritime supply is a complex issue that …

Nuclear non-proliferation: planning for 2020 (WP1414)

14 Dec 2015 Conference

This annual dialogue, a fixture in our calendar since 1996, will assess challenges, opportunities and prospects for the nuclear non-proliferation regime over the 2020 cycle of the NPT.

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Nuclear deterrence – the decision making process (WP1401)

10 Jul 2015 Podcast

We talk about the discussions and debates that take place and ask how the decision process works. We also discuss what discussions take place about the circumstances under which nuclear weapons might be used. Contributors: Heather Williams, MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow, …

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Russia – their changing relationship with the world (WP1401)

25 Jun 2015 Podcast

President Obama’s special adviser on Russia discusses the rise of the new and troubled relationship in Europe’s east. Contributor: Celeste Wallander, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia, National Security Council, Washington DC Related …

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