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Peace Research Perspectives on NATO 2030

We are pleased to be able to share this excellent report from NATO Watch, which provides important critique from 10 peace researchers, in response to the NATO expert group report, 'NATO 2030: United for a New Era'.

Assuring Destruction Forever - Reaching Critical Will

Reaching Critical Will are a partner organisation of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and they have just released an updated study exploring the ongoing and planned nuclear weapon modernisation programmes in China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Our vice-chair Janet Fenton wrote the UK Chapter for this report which you can read through this link.

As of early 2020, the nuclear-armed states are estimated to possess approximately 13,410 nuclear weapons, most of which are many times more powerful than the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima. All the nuclear-armed states have plans to modernise—upgrade and/or extend the lives of—their nuclear weapons. 

This report is an update of a study that Reaching Critical Will initiated in 2012.  Each chapter of the Assuring destruction forever: 2020 edition has been prepared by experts on national nuclear weapon programmes. Each goes through the current status of nuclear weapon forces; modernisation programmes and plans; the costs of these programmes; the countries’ positions on international nuclear weapon law and policy; and public discourse related to nuclear weapons. You can read the full report through this link.

Trident Still Nowhere To Go

In the period leading up to the 2014 referendum the late John Ainslie undertook a rigorous programme of work which enabled him to provide Scottish CND with invaluable resources; 'Trident Nowhere To Go', and 'No Place for Trident' show that a Scottish Government that could control policies on defence and international relations could not only insist that the UK removed its nuclear weapons from this country, but initiate the elimination of the Trident nuclear weapons system in the UK. He additionally provided a practical guide to the steps that would need to be taken and the time frame for doing so in Disarming Trident and along with the earlier reports, the House of Commons Select Committee accepted his analysis.

In John’s words, we had ‘a rare privilege, the power to cast a vote which would lead to nuclear disarmament’. He asked us not to squander that opportunity, but the nation did, and when the world came together at the UN in 2017 to adopt a legally binding Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, many of us were heartbroken that an independent Scotland was not in a position to sign it and had failed to be first to force a nuclear-armed state to disarm. Scottish CND and the wider peace movement owe a huge debt of gratitude to John Ainslie, and hispainstaking work is still relevant. This summary aims to encourage its wider application.

Let us insist that there is a second opportunity, and let us ensure that this time it is not squandered.


Download the report: Trident Still Nowhere to Go as a PDF


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Don't Bank on the Bomb - 2019 Report

Don't Bank on the Bomb Scotland is a network of individuals campaigning for Scottish organisations and financial institutions to divest from companies that are involved in the production and maintenance of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. 

They have updated their report for 2019 to include up to date information on the nuclear weapons investments of local authority pension funds and universities that have investments in nuclear weapons producers.



Radiation Risks and Nuclear Power in Scotland



Scottish CND's Radiation Risks working group have released a report on Radiation Risks and Nuclear Power in Scotland which is available to read: http://www.banthebomb.org/docs/radioactiverisks-v3.pdf

Or you can order printed copies from our office.


Alliances, Power and Peace in a Changing World

Ours is an era of change, change actual, change possible and change threatened. All of it brings challenge to Scots who want peace and are ready to work for it. In this pamphlet we will try to tease out the questions and suggest the principles on which we might base our responses. 

READ THE REPORT: http://www.banthebomb.org/docs/alliancesreport.pdf

Banning the Bomb or Assuring Destruction?

The UK's proposed replacement for Trident may seem to be simply another infuriating example of a Westminster decision to ignore the clearly expressed opinion of Scottish elected representatives, but while it certainly is that, it needs to be seen as a choice that impacts across the world.

READ THE REPORT: http://www.banthebomb.org/docs/banningthebombreport.pdf