Rebecca Cousins is Program Director for BASIC in Washington D.C., before which she was a career diplomat with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was recently awarded an MBE for her role in the UK's consular in-country response to the 2011 Japan earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear incident.
Rebecca's column on openSecurity explores perspectives on nuclear weapons policy and disarmament.
The Scottish referendum: a chance to challenge our nuclear assumptions?
The removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil may be a “red-line” issue for the SNP today, but as the complexity...
Resisting our cold war instincts
Recent events in Ukraine have led some to question if it might have benefited from a nuclear deterrent. Rather than...
Nuclear disarmament: the case for engagement, not division
While understanding the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons are key to acheiving disarmament, efforts for a...
Rethinking nuclear catastrophe
The increasing discussion of the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons may be able to move disarmament talks...
Iran: making the deal work
Only strengthened diplomatic efforts, treating all partners as equal, can defuse the deep mistrust threatening the...
Nuclear disarmament ambitions in 2014
It's easy not to recognise the real, if slow, progress that has been made on nuclear disarmement. There will be big...