UK PONI hosted a screening of the political drama 'War Book', followed by a Q&A and drinks reception. Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Tom Harper, War Book is a dramatic yet sobering reminder of the dangers of escalating nuclear crises.
Over the course of three days, eight government aides and the Defence Secretary participate in a war-game which has taken place regularly among British civil servants since the 1960s, as a way to help them formulate government procedure in the event of nuclear war. In the depicted meetings, set in 2014, the group discusses possible UK policy in the fictional event of a nuclear detonation in Mumbai, India by a Pakistani organisation.
Post-screening speakers included:
- Desmond Bowen CB CMG, Former Director General of Policy, Ministry of Defence
- Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Direcor, International Security, Chatham House