Crises and the Usability of Nuclear Weapons

1 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

Difficult relations among some of the nuclear-armed powers have contributed to an atmosphere that lends itself to the onset of crisis. With a proportion of existing arsenals already on high alert status, the warning and decision time available to nuclear decisionmakers is short in crisis situations. How does this affect thresholds against use of nuclear weapons? What are feasible means to reduce the risk of nuclear detonations happening?

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Speaker(s): John Borrie, Sabrina Dallafior, Patricia Lewis, BenoƮt Pelopidas, Scott D. Sagan