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The Trident Renewal Debate

  • Expert Commentary

    Huffington Post: For the Labour Party, Trident Would Be a Curious Hill on Which to Die

    15 June 2016.  By Matthew Harries, Managing Editor of Survival; Research Fellow After crushing defeat in 2015, the Labour Party was always likely to be facing a long road to recovery, and the election of Jeremy Corbyn, a leader at odds with his MPs, has made the process especially acrimonious. To stand a decent chance of returning to power, the party will need to pick its internal battles carefully. But after Corbyn’s high-profile declaration...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: The impact of UUVs on submarine operational doctrine

    31 May 2016.  By Ian Keddie, Research Analyst, Defence and Military Analysis Programme The debate over the United Kingdom's maintenance of an independent nuclear deterrent has received renewed attention since Jeremy Corbyn took over as leader of the opposition Labour Party in 2015. There is now a significant doubt over whether Labour will continue to support at least the principle of sustaining a UK strategic nuclear force. The current UK government is committed to a...

  • Events

    The Future Operating Environment 2035

    09 March 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Rear Admiral John Kingwell, Royal Navy; Director, UK Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Ministry of Defence
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 9 March 2016, 12-1pm GMT

  • Events

    Survival Seminar: Nuclear Weapons and the Scottish Independence Debate

    04 December 2015. 

    Survival Seminar
    Professor William Walker, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 4 December, 1.30pm-2.30pm

  • Strategic Comments

    UK augments military and counter-terrorism capacities

    25 November 2015. 

    While it does not represent a substantial change in direction, Britain’s latest defence and security review offers a credible plan to improve, modernise and increase UK security and hard power. It maintains the UK as a significant defence power, and adds and protects future capabilities, including in areas that are needed to deal with modern threats such as terrorism and cyber attack.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Jeremy Corbyn doesn't go nuclear

    30 September 2015.  Something remarkable happened in British politics on Wednesday; something that has not happened for a generation. The leader of the opposition, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn – who would, as things stand, become prime minister if Labour were to win the 2020 general election – said that there were no circumstances under which he would authorise the use of nuclear weapons. In doing so, he accelerated the arrival of a confrontation that...

  • Survival

    Trident’s Replacement and the Survival of the United Kingdom

    22 September 2015.  A nuclear-weapon system designed to guarantee the UK’s survival could hasten its political demise.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Renewing Trident

    05 May 2015.  Facts concerning the future of the UK’s submarine-based nuclear capability

  • Expert Commentary

    The House: Why Trident renewal will be on the negotiating table

    09 April 2015.  By Matthew Harries, Managing Editor of Survival and Research Fellow Since 2007, when the House of Commons voted 409-161 in favour of replacing the UK’s four Vanguard-class nuclear-armed submarines (SSBNs) – at least one of which is constantly on patrol armed with Trident II ballistic missiles, providing ‘continuous at-sea deterrence’ (CASD) – two things have changed. Financial pressures have increased dramatically, and the policy preferences of minor parties have become much more relevant. This has...

  • Expert Commentary

    RIAC: The future of the British nuclear deterrent - more of the same?

    26 March 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In 2016 the British government will have to decide on the future of its nuclear deterrent. Before then however, there is a national election (to be held on May, 7, 2015) to determine the composition of those decision-makers tasked with the job. While it appears likely that the deterrent will undergo modernisation, the issue is gaining more political attention and experiencing heightened...

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