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Are Nuclear Arms Still Relevant in Today's Security Environment?

1 December 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Chatham House, London


Hon Franklin Miller KBE, Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control, National Security Council Staff (2001-05)
Chair: James de Waal, Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House



Recent crises in Eastern Europe and the Middle East have involved both new and established actors operating in unconventional and unexpected ways. This new environment of non-traditional and hybrid threats presents a particular challenge to some existing security concepts, including deterrence based on nuclear weapons. At the same time, nuclear policy continues to play an important role in alliance relationships, including between the US, UK and France and within NATO, at a time when these relationships are shifting because of wider domestic and international trends.

The speaker will draw in his extensive experience within and outside government to suggest how to think about nuclear weapons in this new international context, and to suggest some implications for government and alliance policy.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.