November 10, 2010 | Missile Defence/Proliferation

The new US “Prompt Global Strike” programme – even if it plans to use “conventional” warheads – and systems like the X37 (a pilotless space plane, to stay up for nine months) will have discouraged actual and potential proliferators from signing anything serious at the NPT Review Conference. On the contrary, they will probably encourage [...]


August 25, 2010 | A letter to Nick Clegg about expensive weaponry

Dear Nick Clegg

An idea about Trident etc

If we find – as we are finding – that we can no longer afford certain weapon systems, let us remember we are not alone in this predicament so let us make something of the fact. Let us treat it as a disarmament opportunity.

Last year, [...]


April 9, 2010 | Obama & Medvedev's STAR role

prague presidential palace

‘A season for disarmament’ Hans Blix declares, in the context of the new STAR [Strategic Arms Reduction] Treaty. (International Herald Tribune, 4-4-10). Over-optimistically perhaps?

There is no reason to suppose the new STAR Treaty will soon be ratified: missile defence figures alongside it, ambiguously. Americans love it; Russians hate it.