BASIC is a small but influential think tank working towards a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons. A growing number of politicians, government officials and other decision-makers share our vision. We work constructively with them - and with others who are not yet convinced - to achieve our goals of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We leverage our reputation as a respected, trusted and independent source of information, ideas and perspectives to inform debate and foster creative solutions.
BASIC is the only peace and security non-governmental organization that is British-American in composition and focus. We work on both sides of the Atlantic to encourage sustainable transatlantic security policies and to develop the strategies that can achieve them. We partner with other international NGOs that share our goals and we promote public understanding of the danger of growing nuclear arsenals.
We have charitable status in the United Kingdom and in the United States. We operate with offices in London and Washington, a small but committed staff, and an active network of influential board members and advisers, and patrons on both sides of the Atlantic.
Andrew Cottey - Board member
Andrew Cottey is Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration at University College, Cork. He previously worked at the Dept of Peace Studies, University of Bradford; the EastWest Institute; Saferworld; and BASIC. He has been a Nato research fellow, a research associate at the IISS and a visiting researcher at SIPRI. He writes on European and international security.
James Goodby - Board member
James Goodby has held ambassadorial-rank positions; several concerning nuclear weapons issues. He is associated with the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and the Securities Studies Program at MIT. He holds the Heinz Award in Public Policy, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Germany and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. He has an honorary doctorate from the Stetson University College of Law.
William Hartung is Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, where he addresses the economics of military spending, weapons proliferation, and alternative approaches to national security strategy. Before joining New America, he worked for 15 years as Director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City. He was also a policy analyst and speech writer for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, and a project director at the New York-based Council on Economic Priorities. He is an expert on weapons proliferation, the politics and economics of military spending, regional security, and national security strategy, and has written numerous books, reports, and chapters in collected works on the issues of nuclear weapons, conventional arms sales, and the economics of military spending.
Paul Ingram - Executive Director
Paul Ingram leads on BASIC’s work as host to the BASIC Trident Commission in London, and BASIC’s NATO programme, looking to reduce the Alliance dependency upon nuclear weapons. He is also involved in BASIC’s work on the diplomacy around Iran’s nuclear programme, and promoting a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. Paul has authored a number of BASIC’s reports and briefings covering a variety of nuclear and non-nuclear issues since 2002.
Mr Ingram has an extensive media experience and hosts a weekly peak-time talk show on IRINN (Iranian domestic TV News in Farsi) addressing issues relevant to global security. He also teaches systems approaches on the flagship Top Management Programme at the National School of Government.
Chris Lindborg - Analyst
Chris Lindborg joined BASIC as an analyst in the Washington office in 2001. Before this she worked at the Overseas Development Council and as a Herbert Scoville, Jr Peace Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. Her research interests and areas of specialisation include arms control and transatlantic security with a focus on international diplomacy over nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
Trevor McCrisken - Chair of BASIC Board
Dr Trevor McCrisken, chair of the BASIC board since 2007, is associate professor in US Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. He is also associate fellow of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, a North America Region Head with Oxford Analytica, and an adviser to the journal International Affairs. His research and publications are on US foreign policy, American national identity, and US politics and culture. His recent publications include American Exceptionalism and the Legacy of Vietnam: US Foreign Policy Since 1974 (2003) and (with Andrew Pepper) American History and Contemporary Hollywood Film (2005).
Anne Penketh - Program Director
Ms Penketh was a foreign correspondent and diplomatic editor at the Independent before joining BASIC in 2009. Previously, she was posted in Moscow, Paris, and at the United Nations in New York while working for Agence France-Presse news agency, during which time she covered the Gorbachev era and the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War and the international standoff in the 1990s over Iraq’s WMD. She also headed the global agency’s English service in Paris. She has reported from all over the world, including the Middle East and North Korea. She spent much of her early career reporting on disarmament issues, and more recently covered the crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme. She blogs on foreign policy at: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog
Joanna Spear - Board member
Joanna Spear is the director of the DoD’s National Security Studies Program and the Security Policy Studies Program at George Washington University. She was director of the graduate research program in the Dept of War Studies, King’s College (1996–2003); post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University (1993-–95); and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute (1999). Dr Spear is author of Carter and Arms Sales (1995) and The Changing Political Economy of the Defense Trade.
Rachel Staley - Programme Support
Rachel joined BASIC’s London office in December 2011. Previously, she has worked with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Global Security Institute. Rachel holds an MA in Non-Proliferation and International Security from King’s College London and a BA in International Affairs and Anthropology from Northeastern University.