The London Conference

Break-Out Sessions - Group Two: The Future of Deterrence: Increasing Complexity

Thursday 21 June, 1530 – 1645

During the Cold War, deterrence postures built on intricate doctrines and capabilities were a dominant feature of managing and restraining superpower rivalry. There was a basic common understanding of deterrence dynamics and respective force balances, and, despite episodic crises, the system did not break down.

But how is deterrence to be understood and pursued in a world of a multiplicity of nuclear powers of widely varying capabilities, geopolitical preoccupations, and doctrinal sophistication and clarity? What is the balance to be struck in effective deterrence between conventional and strategic weapons? How do the cyber and space domains need to be understood as elements of the new picture? 



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