“Towards Zero” – RUSI, BASIC and UNA-UK conference

James Arbuthnot

James Arbuthnot MP

Baroness Shirley Williams

Baroness Shirley Williams

On Thursday 3 December 2009,  a one-day conference organised by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), in association with the United Nations Association of the UK (UNA-UK) and the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), took place entitled “Towards Zero: Britain’s role in furthering nuclear non-proliferation and mulitilateral approaches to disarmament”. Top Level Group (TLG) members James Arbuthnot MP (top left, speaking at the first session) and Baroness Shirley Williams (top right, speaking at the second session).


Session 1: What is Britain’s role? Click here to listen to this session.

Chair: Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chair of UNA-UK.

Speakers: Professor Michael Clarke, Director of RUSI; James Arbuthnot MP, Chair of Defence Select Committee; and Mike Gapes, Chair of Foreign Select Committee.

Session 2: The international context. Click here to listen to this session.

Chair: Professor Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI

Speakers: Mariot Leslie, Director-General, Defence and Intelligence, FCO; and Baroness Williams of Crosby,Advisor to the Prime Minister on Nuclear Proliferation.

Session 3: A US perspective. Audio track coming soon.

Chair: Paul Ingram, Executive Director, British American Security Information Council.

Speakers: Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, US Special Representative for North Korea Policy; and Mark Fitzpatrick, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Session 4: Building trust and confidence. Click here to listen to this session.

Chair: Professor Nick Wheeler, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Speakers: Professor John Simpson, Director, Mountbatten Centre for International Studies; and Ambassador Alyson Bailes, Visiting Professor, University of Iceland.

Closing remarks – Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chair, United Nations Association of the UK.