Why does the British government never talk about nuclear weapons?

Wednesday 26th April 2023

St John’s Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, SP2 9NP


Based around the themes of his book, “Supreme emergency: How Britain lives with the Bomb”, Dr Andy Corbett will explore the history of the UK nuclear deterrent and how the governments of the day presented it to the public: from the response to the Zeppelin raids on London in 1915, he will discuss policy during the Second World War, the Cold War and present day, considering the ethics as much as technology and strategy, and how the government places the debate in the public arena.

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Dr Andrew Corbett enjoyed an end of Cold War career in the Royal Navy Submarine Service, during which he held command of both HMS Vanguard and HMS Vengeance, and the ultimate responsibility for launching Trident, the United Kingdom’s strategic nuclear deterrent. He was also influential in the development of 21st Century NATO deterrence and defence strategy. Today, he is a Lecturer in Defence Studies Education at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. He holds a PhD in Defence Studies from King’s College London and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.