On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, Jessica Stern, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, presented the 2023 Cyril Foster Lecture: “Nuclear Terrorism: What is the Threat?” Over the past 50 years, the Cyril Foster Lecture series has delivered engaging lectures from some of the world’s most influential policymakers and academics. It is…
Lt. Gen Weinstein (Ret) discussed the nuclear capabilities of Russia, China, and North Korea; the need to modernize the United State’s nuclear forces; the nuclear component of the war in Ukraine, and more.
In discussing the impact of any nuclear weapons strike, Ambassador Hare warns of a “nightmare proliferation scenario” in which a nuclear strike by Russia could dramatically up the risk of a full-blown nuclear exchange as countries begin to think that they need nuclear weapons as well.
“The Kremlin has been assuring for some time that any attempt to release occupied Donbas would be treated as a direct attack on Russia. This brings up immediately the specter of nuclear weapons and put supporters on alert western Kyiv.”
During this edition of “Beyond the Headlines,” a panel of Pardee School professors explores the threat the Ukrainian conflict poses to global security, the politics and strategies shaping the war, the impact of the war on the Global South and China, and much more.
“While nuclear isn’t the panacea to peace, a strong, modernized nuclear Triad is essential to U.S. national security.”
“A nuclear exchange…if it did not bring about civilization’s end, would make him a pariah not just to the world’s democracies but also to China.”
Ambassador Hare argues that Putin’s real goal is to “swallow Ukraine” and restore the historical power of imperial Russia, “not to bring the world to nuclear war.”
Ambassador Heine offers his thoughts on the global fear over China’s arms escalation as well as the risk it poses to global security.
Professor Sarkar outlines a series of measures the Biden administration could take that would advance the TPNW’s agenda but do not require complete adherence.
In the episode, Sarkar discussed the role of gender in teaching and studying nuclear politics in today’s world
Prof. William Keylor discusses whether North Korea will follow through on claims that they are willing to stop testing nuclear weapons.