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Difficult Conversations: Fingers off the Button

Andrew Futter

On Thursday 5 May 2022, Prof Andrew Futter, Dr Cameron Hunter, Dr Olamide Samuel, Marion Messmer & Dr Matthew Bolton participated in the Difficult Conversation Series. ‘Fingers off the Button’ was the fourth installment of the series.

The panel primarily considered questions regarding nuclear weapons in the UK.  

View the recording of this session, by clicking the link below. 

Defence Concepts and Capabilities: from Aspiration to Reality

Andrew Futter

On Tuesday 17 May 2022, Andrew Futter gave evidence to the UK House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee on the subject: Defence Concepts and Capabilities, from aspiration to reality. View the recording of this session, by clicking the link below. 

"PUTIN’S WAR MIGHT BE DESTROYING THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR ORDER"

Olamide Samuel

It appears that Russian aggression in Ukraine has taken extensive notes from the western playbook. Russia’s indiscriminate attacks that have jeopardized the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, its willingness to consider “sharing” its nuclear weapons with Belarus, and its ability to caricature the UN Security Council with false justifications, all point to one underlying fact: International law has been persistently weakened by exemptions….

Dr Olamide Samuel

Research Associate

"The Global South: Access to Nuclear Technologies and the Ban Treaty"

Andrew Futter & Olamide Samuel

Conventional wisdom holds that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the “ban treaty”) is about reinvigorating the push for nuclear disarmament and seeking justice for those adversely impacted by nuclear testing. Yet, there is hardly any indication from the nine current nuclear-armed states that they are serious about nuclear disarmament, and the countries responsible for nuclear weapons tests have failed to offer assistance or compensation to the victims. But by focussing only on frustrations about disarmament and nuclear testing, and by implications a very “Western” view of nuclear politics, both supporters and detractors have overlooked other national interests in states’ decisions to sign the ban treaty, especially the interests of states from the global south. ..

Prof. Andrew Futter

Principal investigator

Dr Olamide Samuel

Research Associate

Cambridge Center for Existential Risk workshop : War Gaming and the Third Nuclear Age

1st March 2022

March 1 2022, Prof. Futter presented a talk titled ‘War Gaming and The Third Nuclear Age’ at the Cambridge Center for Existential Risk. 

You can download the presentation here:

Professor Andrew Futter

A nuclear nuclear age in South Asia?

Observer Research Foundation Expert Brief

Andrew Futter & Francesca Silvestri

Andrew Futter & Francesca Silvestri explain how  changes in global nuclear politics, particularly growing power rivalry and advancement in military technologies are impacting South Asia.

A new nuclear age in South Asia?


Professor Andrew Futter

Dr Francesca Silvestri

More Publications

UK nuclear weapons in a Third Nuclear Age

European Leadership Network Policy Brief (February 2022)

Andrew Futter

Are we on the cusp of a new chapter in the UK’s nuclear story? Rapid technological change and a return to nuclear great-power competition suggest that the contours and central dynamics of our nuclear world are – at best – in flux. These dynamics are challenging long-held beliefs about global nuclear order and governance: beliefs upon which UK nuclear and deterrence thinking have traditionally been based. While we might still only be at the beginning of a “Third Nuclear Age”, this shift in the global nuclear condition is already having an impact on UK national security thinking. At a minimum, it necessitates a frank debate about the role of UK nuclear weapons and the ways, ends and means of UK deterrence, in what seems likely to be a much-changed nuclear environment in the years ahead.

https://www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org/commentary/uk-nuclear-weapons-in-a-third-nuclear-age/ 

Professor Andrew Futter

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