Boris Johnson is playing a dangerous nuclear game. Britain has joined an uncontrolled arms race in a world more unstable and unpredictable than even during the cold war. Boris Johnson’s decision to increase the cap on British nuclear stockpiles by more than 40%, from 180 to 260 Trident nuclear warheads, might easily be interpreted as a manoeuvre inspired by domestic politics, rooted in the Conservative party’s longstanding love affair with nuclear power and the recent politics of Brexit. But the decision has broader significance. It reflects the rapidly changing international nuclear environment, and will make it significantly worse.
Guardian 19th March 2021 read more »
A nuclear weapons stockpile will not protect us from modern global threats.
The National 18th March 2021 read more »
Six key questions Whitehall must answer about the UK’s decision to raise its nuclear weapons stockpile. This may be the biggest reset for foreign and defence policy since the Cold War – does Whitehall understand what it has done? A reading of the IR gives no reassurance that the Ministry of Defence has not forgotten the basic theology of deterrent theory and UK’s nuclear posture, hence fails to grasp the profundity of the changes its announcement implies.
Independent 18th March 2021 read more »