Prof William Walker: 'Britain's nuclear weapons: who should decide?'
Who decides, and should decide, policy on the UK's possession and use of nuclear weapons? This is an important question as the decision on Trident's manufacture approaches and debate revives on the launch of nuclear weapons.
William Walker is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Initially trained as an electrical engineer, his academic career involved technological innovation, energy policy, military industries and international nuclear relations. He worked on the international inventories of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, the fissile materials used in nuclear weapons. He has also examined the political and institutional processes by which complex technological decisions and developmental paths become entrenched. More recently his research has focused on how to respond to the problems that weapons of mass destruction pose for international order.