Spotlight Seminar: The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries

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During the Cold War, many believed the superpowers shared a conception of strategic stability, a coexistence where both sides would compete for global influence but would be deterred from using nuclear weapons. In actuality, both sides understood strategic stability and deterrence quite differently. Today's international system is further complicated by more nuclear powers, regional rivalries, and nonstate actors who punch above their weight, but the United States and other nuclear powers still cling to old conceptions of strategic stability.

Lawrence Rubin and Adam Stulberg, editors of the 2018 book The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries, and book contributor Dima Adamsky, will unpack and examine how different states in different regions view strategic stability, the use or non-use of nuclear weapons, and whether or not strategic stability is still a prevailing concept. The panel will discuss how nuclear weapons will impact the international system in the twenty-first century and specifically the impact of Russia’s information warfare and cross-domain coercion to strategic stability. View the event webpage HERE>>>