Re-imagining global nuclear ordering beyond proliferation and deterrence: Implication for progressive nuclear weapons policy

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The importance of arms control and of the goal of strategic stability in the US nuclear

weapons policy toolkit since the 1970s suggest that it is a fundamentally conservative realm of

policymaking and that this conservative aspect might be good news as, in the nuclear realm

maybe more than anywhere else. However, in nuclear weapons policy as in other areas,

decision-making cannot be oriented towards pure stasis. This is why the study of the conditions

of possibility of progressive nuclear weapons policy is crucial.

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Benoit Pelopidas

Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bristol, Affiliate of CISAC, Stanford University and visiting fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies for 2015-2016.