The Bedrock of safe and secure shipping

News - 24 September, 2015

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 95% of the UK’s trade is carried out by sea. Consequently as markets became increasingly […]

2013: a year in review

News - 20 January, 2014

  This timeline looks back at some of the major events that took place in 2013.   February On February 4th, we opened The future of Europe conference. The conference analysed how a geometrically variable EU will develop and discussed whether European unity can be preserved in an increasingly diversified EU. …………………………………………………………………………………………. March Held in […]

NATO Chicago Summit: roundtable maps out important new proposals for May 2012

News - 19 September, 2011

US and European officials and experts come to Wilton Park to assess lessons of NATO’s Libya campaign and to examine how to preserve core defence capabilities in the midst of unprecedented financial pressures. Re-engineering the transatlantic security and defence relationship Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 September 2011  (WP1129) The senior officials and experts participating in this […]

Gearing ourselves up

News - 26 August, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: This has been an interesting summer around the world; many people engaged in foreign affairs wonder if they have had a break at all. At Wilton Park, we do not run any events in August. This summer month enables us to put our head above the fray catch up […]

Nuclear weapons a hard habit to break?

News - 1 June, 2011

Dr Mark Smith, Programme Director writes: In Tallinn recently for a conference on adapting NATOs nuclear posture, I was struck once again by a question for which I have no answer (although Im interested in answers and/or speculation on it by others) but which is likely to loom larger as policymakers attempt to further reduce […]

‘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 […]

A significant year for the nuclear non-proliferation regime?

News - 24 January, 2011

Wilton Park experts tackle major global issues each week. Through our new Blog and Podcasts, non-diplomat readers and listeners can harness the power of their dialogues in order to better understand the discussions at hand. Nuclear non-proliferation and the 2010 review Monday 14 – Friday 18 December 2010 (WP1008) Defence and Security Programme Director, Dr […]

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, […]

Jamie Shea on NATO in Afghanistan – video clip – 8th Atlantic Youth Forum

News - 12 August, 2010

Discussions included prospects for a nuclear free world, the future for Afghanistan, priorities for the Obama administration, sport as an agent for social change, the power of networks, food and water security and social innovation. Atlantic Youth Forum Monday 2 to Friday 6 August 2010 (WP1043)   34 bright independent thinkers from a range of […]