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Are Nuclear Weapons Still Fit for Purpose?

Chatham House, London

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Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London
Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow and Director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project, BASIC
Chair: Bridget Kendall, Diplomatic Correspondent, BBC


This discussion will explore the changing role of nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War security environment. The panel will raise questions about the effectiveness and targets of nuclear deterrence as well as the historical impact of nuclear weapons on international affairs and the role they play in countries’ grand strategies. The debate will include 10-minute opening remarks by each speaker and a 5-minute rebuttal, followed by an hour for audience question and answer.

The Carrington Series is a Chatham House initiative to explore new concepts of deterrence.