British American Security Information Council

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The British American Security Information Council (BASIC) is a small, but influential[citation needed], non-partisan think tank based in London. BASIC takes an inclusive approach to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation by working with politicians, civil society, and other people who share this vision, as well as with those who might oppose it.


BASIC currently has projects related to the UK Trident nuclear weapons debate, non-proliferation in the Middle East, and reframing the nuclear weapons debate. BASIC is also linked with the UK all-party parliamentary group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation. BASIC published the final report of the Trident Commission in July 2014, an independent and cross-party commission, co-chaired by Lord Browne of Ladyton, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, and Sir Menzies Campbell, examining the complexity of issues and options facing the UK government in the decision on its nuclear deterrent and its non-proliferation policy. The report recommended the continuation of the British nuclear program,[1] conditional upon a number of actions needed to mitigate the negative impacts.

British-American composition[edit]

BASIC is the only peace and security non-governmental organization that is British-American in composition and focus. It works on both sides of the Atlantic to encourage sustainable transatlantic security policies and to develop the strategies that can achieve them. BASIC partners with other international NGOs to promote public understanding of the danger of growing nuclear arsenals.

Organization details[edit]

BASIC has charitable status in the United Kingdom[2] and a network of board members and advisers, and patrons on both sides of the Atlantic.[clarification needed] BASIC's Executive Director is Paul Ingram, based in London. Senior Fellow Ward Wilson is based in Trenton, New Jersey.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MacAskill, Ewen (2014-01-07). "Trident gets thumbs up in report that will dismay anti-nuclear campaigners". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  2. ^ Charity Commission. British American Security Information Council, registered charity no. 1001081.

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