SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Disarmament and Globalisation

Strategic Concept for Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP)

The SCRAP proposal is a holistic approach to integrating WMD disarmament and conventional disarmament, and non-proliferation practice developed in the last decades. A core observation is that the 'best practices' of the arms control agenda in the 20th century should not be discarded as Cold War relics but reinvigorated and adapted to the 21st century security challenges.

SCRAP comes from the initiative of students, alumni and staff at the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy, and is supported by a committee of academics and NGO officials with governmental experience.


Sustainable development is predicated on assumptions of common security and cannot be realised in an environment where states (both strong and weak) base their national policies on pre-atomic, pre-globalisation assumptions. Strategic, financial, and humanitarian reasons for disarmament must be re-connected: nuclear and conventional war has its own massive human, economic and environmental costs.

The Centre is developing new research projects on disarmament as it relates to globalisation and the existing development agenda. The high ambition and sense of urgency of our proposals, and our ability to make the link with other agendas like development and conflict, brings new hope of mobilizing governmental, non-governmental, economic, expert and popular forces in support of the same outcomes.

Read the Disarmament & Globalisation project proposal:  Disarmament and Globalisation Project (pdf; 84kb)   or a summary version: Disarmament and Globalisation Project (pdf; 30kb)

Disarmament and Globalisation projects

Confidence and Regional Security Building Process

An international initiative on reviving and globalising conventional confidence and security building and disarmament, with a Middle East and Africa focus to further sustainable development.

Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East Research and Public Policy

The Middle East WMD Free Zone project has been running since 2006, with a number of public conferences, discussion events and publications since.