Opinion

A Realistic, Progressive Foreign Policy for the United States Dr Dan Plesch Director, CISD SOAS University This article was originally published on thebaraza.org on 17th November 2020. Introduction A progressive international agenda needs to begin with a frank assessment of the present strategic culture and connect domestic and global progressive priorities. Global threats such as …

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Could the US Win WWIII Without Using Nuclear Weapons? Dr Dan Plesch Director, CISD SOAS University This article was originally published on theconversation.com on 19th April 2018. As the US, Russia and China test each other’s patience and strategic focus, speculation about the chances of a world war has hit a new high. But many …

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A Renaissance in Disarmament: Time for the Third Great Charter of Paris? Dr Dan Plesch Director, CISD SOAS University This article was originally published on europeanleadershipnetwork.org on 29th April 2019. The 70th Anniversary of NATO has provided a good opportunity for reflection on grand strategy. Throughout the Alliance’s history the management of armed forces, especially …

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For decades, women have fought the hierarchy that characterizes patriarchy, which is maintained by obedient norms and structures. While obedience has been challenged in more or less overt ways, resistance to the patriarchal structure of society has been underway for a long time.

For the first time, an international legal instrument on nuclear weapons recognizes the disproportionate impact on both women and indigenous people.

Courage is needed to seek and introduce women’s perspectives in disarmament since such revision will alter how arms control is perceived and developed.

Critically, the modernization of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)- counter opposing forces designed to destroy incoming missiles- poses a further destabilising threat to strategic stability.

Whilst key individuals and groups of women have had tremendous impact around the world there is still a disproportionate lack of female representation within society

The Ban Treaty now outlaws nuclear weapons. What now for nuclear armed states and other non-signatories?

Even though the world’s big nuclear weapons states today did not adopt it, the TPNW is going to change the conversation on nuclear weapons, how we learn about nuclear weapons, how we talk about them, and who can talk about them.