Nuking the Site from Orbit?

China's 'Hypersonic' Weapons Test

Join resident and guest experts on the military uses of outer space for a virtual panel event to discuss the realities and hyperbole behind the alleged test of a Chinese Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS), and what it means for nuclear strategy, space security, and US-China relations. It is hosted by the Third Nuclear Age project at the School of History, Politics, and International Relations.

Valdai Club to Discuss a New Cold War in the Indo-Pacific

Prof Andrew Futter to speak at event

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On November 10, at 15:00 Moscow time (GMT+3), the Valdai Club will host an expert discussion, titled “AUKUS: A New Cold War in the Indo-Pacific?”

“Emerging” technologies and Deterrence Stability in the 21st Century

Deterrence Stability in the 21st Century and Emerging Technologies

This lecture by Dr. Andrew Futter, Professor of International Politics, University of Leicester, is part of the VCDNP’s Deterrence and Emerging Technologies (DET) Webinar Series.

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Prof Andrew Futter, principal investigator on the Third Nuclear Age project, has featured in the University of Leicester Centenary Inaugural Lecture series.

Risk of nuclear use and perhaps even nuclear war are higher today than for at least a generation. This talk unpacks the different technological, political and normative factors driving this shift, and makes the case for theorising this transition in nuclear order as the move towards a “third nuclear age”

Dr Cameron Hunter presented at NATO’s defence college on 7th July 2021. The event was the NATO Defence College’s Early-Career Nuclear Strategists Workshop (

His paper was titled “Bernard Brodie’s Strategic Theory in the Third Nuclear Age.” I highlighted Brodie’s arguments that technological change does not inevitably demand certain policy choices. The workshop format meant that I received feedback from senior scholars and practitioners from the nuclear community.

UK Project on Nuclear Issues Annual Conference 2021

Dr Cameron Hunter presented his talk ‘The “Rupture-Talk” of Emerging Tech versus Nuclear Deterrence’ at PONI 2021

Dr Cameron Hunter

The UK PONI Annual Conference is the premier UK forum for supporting the emergence of new nuclear expertise from academia, industry, government, and the military., The 2021 UK PONI Annual Conference provides participants with a platform from which to discuss and debate new nuclear thinking, a forum in which to meet nuclear specialists from a variety of fields, and a knowledge exchange between established and emerging nuclear thinkers.

Olamide SAmuel "Agency, Africa and the Atom" (Inkstick may 2021)

As part of The Third Nuclear Age project, Olamide in conjunction with the Managing the Atom project are reinvestigating African engagement with the global nuclear order.

Dr Olamide Samuel

Western-centric policymaking and scholarship tend to overlook the continent in discourse about the global nuclear order. Yet, upon closer investigation we find that African narratives, identities, and aspirations have had significant impact on the nuclear order from the Bandung conference, all the way to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Earlier this year, Olamide held a seminar at Harvard’s Belfer Center on ‘Agency, Africa and the Atom’, where the implications of the ‘single story’ of the African contribution to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament was discussed at length. This was followed by a Belfer Center panel discussion in March. Titled ‘Africa and the Atom: Rethinking African Agency in the Global Nuclear Order’, Olamide led a panel of experts in an in-depth conversation on the African nuclear narratives. The panelists were: Dr Hassan Elbahtimy (Kings College London), Dr Toni Haastrup (University of Stirling), Dr David Otwoma (Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Kenya) abd Dr Joelien Pretorius (University of the Western Cape)

The Inkstick special forum ‘Africa and the Atomic Bomb’, moves the conversation further, and features reflections from both the panellists and invited participants:

Prof Futter’s Zoom presentation is available online at: Link

This exciting presentation included discussion of this project, outlining the priorities of NUCLEARREV.

Prof Andrew Futter is on a panel at this event, taking place on 3rd February 2021.

Invitation to attend SCRAP’s webinar: Beyond Aegis: Strategic Stability and Emerging Technologies, on the 3rd February 2021 between 17:00-18:30 GMT

In November 2020, for the first time ever, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB) was shot down by a U.S. warship: the Aegis Combat System. Such recent advancements in Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) systems and nuclear and conventional weapons pose a serious threat to global security.

How are emerging technologies shaping global security and stability? What implications do capabilities like the Aegis Combat System have for geopolitical dynamics? What changes in U.S. foreign policy can we expect to see with the Biden administration?

Our webinar is amongst the first to discuss the significance of the successful Aegis test for global stability. The webinar will explore the most recent developments in international relations alongside the politics and policies behind global security and powerful emerging technologies.


Mr Ankit Panda, Stanton Senior Fellow in Nuclear Policy

Ms. Eva-Nour Repussard, Researcher, SCRAP Weapons

Mr Eric Gomez, Director, Defense Policy Studies, Cato Institute

Ms. Nancy Ehrenberg-Peters, Researcher, SCRAP Weapons

Professor Andrew Futter, University of Leicester

Mr Pavel Podvig, Director, Russian Nuclear Forces Project

Professor Dan Plesch, Director, CISD, SOAS

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