NATO’s 65th anniversary

News - 4 April, 2014

2014 is a year which marks many historic anniversaries such as the centenary of the First World War, twenty five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and today NATO’s 65th anniversary of its foundation. On 4 April 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was created by the United States, Canada and several […]

Key areas of reform for Europe identified

News - 3 July, 2013

This second instalment of the Jubilee Dialogue series considered the diverse political, economic and diplomatic challenges Europe faces in defining its place in the world in the near future. Jubilee dialogues: Europe and the world in 2023 Wednesday 26 June 2013 (WP1264) In this second instalment of the Jubilee Dialogue series, David Lidington, Minister of […]

Frontiers

News - 24 May, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: Ashraf paused as two helicopters flew past his third floor office window to land at the ISAF HQ in central Kabul. The clatter subsided. You see, Richard, we are all Curzons children. Meetings with Ashraf Ghani are always eventful offering insight, wisdom, and very often unexpected direction. He is […]

Responsibility to protect – carrying the burden?

News - 22 March, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: The overarching role of any government is to protect its citizens.  But when they fail to do that, what rights or more importantly, what responsibilities and duties do other nations have to step in?  Responsibility has powerful consequences.  If responsibility is not exercised, if its burden is not taken […]

‘Light bulb’ moments: strategic weapons in the 21st century

News - 3 February, 2011

  Mark Smith, Programme Director, Defence and Security, writes: I was in a very snowy Washington DC on Thursday for the Lawrence Livermore-Los Alamos annual meeting on Strategic Weapons in the 21st century. Every conference worth its salt should have its light bulb moments when subtleties are illuminated or new insights provided.  One such moment […]

Is science going faster than policy?

News - 14 January, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: Has the pace of scientific discovery and change overhauled the capacities of the non-proliferation regimes set up to guard us from the perils of biological and toxic weapons?    The past six months have seen participants here at Wilton Park reiterate that concern, one that has featured constantly in […]

A significant year for the nuclear non-proliferation regime?

News - 12 January, 2011

Mark Smith, Programme Director, Defence and Security writes: The events of 2010 – the NPT Review, the Nuclear Security Summit, and the US ratification of the New START agreement may make for a significant year for the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Policymakers and analysts gathered here in December, as they have for the past 15 years, […]