Strategic Stability & Nuclear Risks in Contemporary Conflicts: a Roundtable Discussion

Sird nuclear event roundtable-16.9-01

Room 2.07

This roundtable session will investigate the pivotal research conducted by Dr. Michal Smetana on nuclear weapons–with a focus on strategic stability and the evolving nature of nuclear risks in the 21st century. The discussion will explore themes of deterrence dynamics, arms control, and the impact of emerging technologies on nuclear strategy.

Date and Location: May 14, 11 am to 12:30 pm, room 2.07

This roundtable discussion aims to foster a deep and nuanced understanding of the complexities surrounding nuclear weapons and strategic stability today. It will provide a platform for sharing insights, debating theoretical and practical implications, and identifying future research directions.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What adaptations are necessary given changing geopolitical landscapes, especially in Eastern Europe and the Middle East?
  • How do artificial intelligence, cyber capabilities, and other technological advances affect nuclear deterrence and stability?
  • What current challenges in nuclear arms control and disarmament efforts are salient?
  • What are the most salient ethical and legal considerations?
  • And more…

Dr. Smetana is the head researcher and coordinator at the Peace Research Center of Prague. He is also an associate professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, and head researcher at the Experimental Lab for International Security Studies (ELISS).

We look forward to a productive and enlightening discussion.