Is the disarmament regime undermined by nuclear modernisation programmes?

09 January 2019

The International Relations Committee takes evidence on the modernisation plans of nuclear weapon states and what effects they could have on the current non-proliferation and disarmament regime.


Wednesday 9 January in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 11.10am

  • Mr Tom Plant, Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Royal United Services Institute

Possible questions

  • Is the existence and development of nuclear weapons playing a role in the recent increase in geopolitical tensions?
  • What are the current nuclear modernisations plans of the nuclear weapon states?
  • To what extent do the UK's modernisation plans differ from those of the larger nuclear powers, namely Russia and the United States?
  • To what extent are nuclear weapon states accounting for new technologies, such as cyber, in their modernisation plans?
  • How are the deterrence requirements of nuclear weapons states changing and what impact might this have on modernisation plans and on progress towards disarmament?
  • Are nuclear weapon modernisation plans undermining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the wider disarmament regime? If so, how?
  • Are there any changes the UK could make to its nuclear policies, including towards nuclear modernisation, that would make it a more responsible nuclear power?

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