Efforts to understand the risk of nuclear weapon use must extend beyond the nuclear domain. The possibility is increasing of potential escalation scenarios that emerge due to entangled interaction across nuclear and non-nuclear capabilities. Pathways to nuclear weapon use could be linked, for instance, to the increased vulnerability of early-warning assets in space to attack; to the susceptibility of command, control, and communications systems to cyber offensive operations; or to the misidentification of ambiguous payloads carried by dual-capable missiles. This two-day virtual event seeks to:
• Explore the ‘state of play’ involving developments in non-nuclear capabilities in the context of nuclear risk;
• Consider longer-term impacts of advancements in relevant non-nuclear domains;
• Bridge conversations across nuclear and non-nuclear communities;
• Derive priorities for stakeholders to consider in taking forward risk reduction efforts.
25 May 2021, Tuesday (Day 1)
Session 1: Cyber Operations and Nuclear Weapons Systems
Session 2: Space and Nuclear Weapons Systems
26 May 2021, Wednesday (Day 2)
Session 3: Advanced Conventional Capabilities & Nuclear Weapons Systems
Session 4: Technology and Human Decision-Making in Nuclear Weapons
The virtual event will take place 25-26 May 2021, from 2:00-4:20 pm CEST both days. The link to the Zoom conference will be shared only with registered participants in the days leading up to the event. Please register by clicking RSVP to your right or visiting http://nuclearrisks.eventbrite.com.
UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts specialized or interested in issues pertaining to nuclear weapons, strategic technologies, and disarmament.
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