Nuclear Risk: Which Scenarios Most Worry Us?

14 October 2020
Nuclear Risk: Which Scenarios Most Worry Us?

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to a web seminar on the topic of nuclear weapon risk reduction.

Nuclear risk reduction is an emergent area of common interest for the international community, including in the current review cycle of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Various studies have identified crisis situations in which there is major miscalculation or misinterpretation as being among the most plausible pathways to nuclear use. This is especially as technological developments create new uncertainty for nuclear planners and decisionmakers, and may reduce crisis response times and degrade situational awareness.

What nuclear use scenarios do experts find the most plausible and concerning? And which practical steps are possible in order to prevent the nuclear threshold being crossed?

This event will contribute to informed discussion on nuclear weapon risk reduction by engaging experts for their views on these questions, and drawing on relevant contemporary research, including recent studies UNIDIR has produced (e.g. Nuclear Risk Reduction: Closing Pathways to Use, April 2020).


Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 14h30-15h45 CET, (online)


James M. Acton – Jessica T. Mathews Chair and Co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Christine Parthemore – Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Strategic Risks

Jingdong Yuan – Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney


UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts specialized or interested in issues pertaining to nuclear weapons and disarmament.


Please register here.

Please note that the link to access the webinar will be provided by email only to registered participants prior each seminar.