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Nuclear Risks in an Uncertain World

Chatham House, London


Scott Sagan, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science; Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation and Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University


There is great uncertainty in the nuclear world order and the future of nuclear weapons policies. On the one hand, many non-nuclear weapons states are proposing a global ban on nuclear weapons. In October 2016, the United Nations General Assembly First Committee adopted Resolution L. 41 to begin a multilateral negotiation to prohibit nuclear weapons, which will begin in March 2017. On the other hand, many nuclear weapons states are starting large scale weapons modernization programmes and discussing potential new doctrines for nuclear use. And a new Trump administration will be taking office following a campaign in which Mr Trump suggested that the spread of nuclear weapons to new countries may not be against American interests. What are the nuclear risks in this uncertain time and what are the options to mitigate those risks?

At this event, Professor Scott Sagan, a renowned author on nuclear weapons issues and a recipient of the 2015 US National Academy of Sciences William and Katherine Estes Award for his pioneering work addressing the risks of nuclear weapons and the causes of nuclear proliferation, will examine existing and future nuclear risks and analyse how best to prevent the use of nuclear weapons.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.