Publications

Towards a Third Nuclear Age?

By Andrew Futter, Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester, UK.                            15 February 2021 This work is funded by the European Research Council grant number: 866155. For more on the Third Nuclear Age research project see: https://thethirdnuclearage.com. Seventy-five years after two nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there appears to be aContinue reading “Towards a Third Nuclear Age?”

Strategic non-nuclear weapons and the onset of a Third Nuclear Age

Prof Andrew Futter and Dr Benjamin Zala have had their article on strategic non-nuclear weapons published in the European Journal of International Security Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 February 2021 Abstract Three decades after what is widely referred to as the transition from a First to a Second Nuclear Age, the world standsContinue reading “Strategic non-nuclear weapons and the onset of a Third Nuclear Age”

Towards a Third Nuclear Age: Disruptive Technologies, the Withering of Restraint, and the Return of Great Power Politics — Valdai Club

Andrew Futter Three quarters of a century after the first atomic device was exploded in the New Mexico desert, and three decades after the end of the Cold War, there appears to be a recognition in both academic literature and policymaking circles that a “new nuclear era” could be upon us.  This shift is beingContinue reading “Towards a Third Nuclear Age: Disruptive Technologies, the Withering of Restraint, and the Return of Great Power Politics — Valdai Club”

Nuclear war, public health, the COVID-19 epidemic: Lessons for prevention, preparation, mitigation, and education

The current COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the vulnerability of the human race in the face of communicable disease. But the pandemic also serves as a wake-up call to the cataclysmic impact that would befall the world if nuclear weapons were ever to be used again. Overwhelming pressure on health-services, considerable disruption to normalContinue reading “Nuclear war, public health, the COVID-19 epidemic: Lessons for prevention, preparation, mitigation, and education”

A Perfect Storm?

Coronavirus, Brexit, the Integrated Review, Scottish Separatism and the Future of Trident https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03071847.2020.1830431 The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated the challenges posed by Brexit, the Integrated Review and a separatist Scotland, and shined new light on the UK nuclear weapons debate. This combination of issues has bolstered the argument that the resources allocated to sustaining andContinue reading “A Perfect Storm?”

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy and Nuclear Stability: Towards a More Complex Nuclear Future

15.10.2020Andrew Futter There aren’t any easy answers to potential risks posed by the AI-Automation-Nuclear nexus, but a starting point has to be a greater understanding of the key concepts and an appreciation of how the deployment of such technologies could play out. In the nuclear realm, and especially now in the increasing digital global nuclear realm, perceptions and the potential for misunderstanding will be as important as reality, writes Andrew Futter, ProfessorContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy and Nuclear Stability: Towards a More Complex Nuclear Future”

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