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Is the disarmament regime undermined by nuclear modernisation programmes?

9 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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