The People behind the Policies

On 5th November 2013, the UK Project on Nuclear Issues, together with the Top Level Group, hosted its autumn seminar on the theme of ‘The People behind the Policies.’

TLG member Margaret Beckett MP, Lord Owen and Lord Browne discussed their experiences of shaping nuclear weapons policy, and the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.  Lord Hennessy then chaired a question and answer session.

The People behind the Policies

The conversation covered issues including the relationship between politicians, military officers, civil servants and contractors involved in nuclear decision making, the implications of Britain’s nuclear posture for relations with the US, the influence of financial considerations on Trident replacement, and the advantages and drawbacks of alternatives to Trident such as nuclear cruise missiles.