Nuclear Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Conference

10 December 2006

The conference was one of the first major opportunities for the public to debate the future of Trident, the UK 's nuclear-weapons system, just days after the government announced that a parliamentary vote will take place in early 2007. The event provided many opportunities for informed discussion between the panel and the audience of academics, students, parliamentarians, advocacy groups, journalists and members of the public. The conference brought together expert and high profile speakers who analysed the current state of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, the oversight and enforcement role of the IAEA and the UN Security Council, and future challenges and concerns for the UK and global nuclear security, including the vital question of Trident's replacement.

The speakers were Dr Rebecca Johnson, Founding Director and Editor of the ACRONYM Institute; Tariq Rauf, Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Sir Michael Quinlan, Senior Fellow of the International Institute for Security Studies (IISS); Professor John Simpson, Director of the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, University of Southampton; Paul Ingram , Senior Analyst of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC); Patrick Lamb, Former Senior Political Affairs Adviser, Department for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations; Professor Frank Barnaby, Nuclear Issues Consultant to the Oxford Research Group; Professor Ken Booth, EH Carr Professor, Department of International Politics, University of Wales , Aberystwyth; Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chair of UNA-UK and former UK Ambassador to the UN.

Through the links below, you can listen to the conference and watch it online.

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Welcome and introduction to key themes

Stephen Thomas (UNA Wales / Welsh Centre for International Affairs) and Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler (DDMI) [video] [audio]

Session 1: The state of the nuclear non-proliferation regime

  • Introduction to session [video] [text]
    Lord Hannay of Chiswick (UNA-UK)
  • The global non-proliferation context of the UK 's Trident-renewal debate [video] [audio]
    Sir Michael Quinlan (International Institute for Strategic Studies)
  • The implications for nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism of a nuclear power renaissance [video] [audio]
    Professor Frank Barnaby (Oxford Research Group)

Session 2: Strengthening oversight and enforcement

  • Introduction to session
    Paul Ingram (British American Security Information Council)
  • Making the nuclear verification regime more effective: challenges and opportunities for the IAEA [video] [audio]
    Tariq Rauf (International Atomic Energy Agency)
  • The implications for nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism of a nuclear power renaissance [video] [audio]
    Professor Frank Barnaby (Oxford Research Group)

Session 3: A more secure world? Nuclear weapons, disarmament and international peace and security

  • Introduction to session [video] [audio]
    Professor Ken Booth (Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University)
  • National security and nuclear weapons: where next for a safer Britain ? [video] [audio]
    Dr Rebecca Johnson (ACRONYM Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy)
  • Making the NPT work: the challenge of relevance and compliance in the 21st century [video] [audio]
    Patrick Lamb (formerly of Department for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations)
  • Closing Remarks [video] [audio]
    Sam Daws (UNA-UK)

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