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Mapping the Relative Risks Emerging Technologies Pose to Nuclear Weapons Systems

18 July 2017 - 10:15am to 19 July 2017 - 2:30pm

Chatham House, London


Austin Long, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Colombia University
Beyza Unal, Research Fellow, International Security, Chatham House
Heather Roff, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House



Cyber capabilities are evolving in ways that could put at risk countries’ nuclear weapons systems, including command, control and communication systems. While the consequences of a cyberattack to nuclear weapons systems would be significant, there is a lack of matured risk assessment. Moreover, the public conversation lacks a sufficient framework for understanding how cyber capabilities could threaten those systems. Held in partnership with the Stanley Foundation, this workshop is designed to map the relative risks from emerging technologies to nuclear weapons systems.

At this workshop participants will discuss working memos commissioned on cyber risks, risks to command, control and communication systems, and risks from artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. There will be a mind-mapping exercise to generate policy recommendations. Following the workshop, a briefing paper will be published that will define identified risks and provide policymakers and public audiences with policy recommendations.

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.