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Nuclear risk and limits of nuclear deterrence


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Nuclear risk and limits of nuclear deterrence

When the cold war ended, nuclear weapons disappeared from our minds, but not from the earth. Today nuclear weapons are back on the agenda. Kim Jong-un's nuclear tests and Donald Trumps' threats represent everything but stability and security. But still the idea about nuclear deterrence as a necessity is strong in our culture.

What is nuclear deterrence and how does it work today? What kind of risk does deterrence entail? Can use of nuclear weapons in any situation be legitimate? How will the newly adopted UN treaty that bans nuclear weapons impact the way we look at nuclear deterrence? And will the treaty impact the nuclear states?

Beatrice Fihn - Director of ICAN
Nick Ritchie - Senior Lecturer (International Security), Department of Politics, University of York
Steinar Høibråten - Scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

Moderator: Kjølv Egeland

Sponsored by: Fritt Ord

Hosted by: ICAN Norge, Norske leger mot atomvåpen - NLA and Norsk Folkehjelp.

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