Security studies scholarship on nuclear weapons is particularly prone to self-censorship. In this essay, Pelopidas argues that this self-censorship is problematic. The vulnerability, secrecy, and limits to accountability created by nuclear weapons (Deudney 2007, 256–57; Born, Gill, and H^anggi 2010; Cohen 2010, 147) call for responsible scholarship vis-a-vis the general public.
Recent developments in the cyber domain have exposed the dangers of a largely apathetic behaviour towards the looming threats of cyber warfare. Calls for more rigorous corrective measures have been made, as some states have begun to view such breaches as a top national security threat. Such threats have also changed the dynamics of state behaviour, giving way to subtle aggressions with potentially destabilising and far-reaching consequences.
An article by Thomas Jonter, Director of Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies and professor of international relations at the Department of Economic History. His research focuses on nuclear non-proliferation and energy security. He is currently completing a book manuscript, The Key to Nuclear restraint: The Swedish Plans to Acquire Nuclear Weapons during the Cold War for Palgrave MacMillan. During spring and summer of 2015, he was Visting Scholar at Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Eliza Gheorghe received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford in September 2014. She holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown, where she was a Fulbright scholar. She was a fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies (2011-2014), a George Abernethy pre-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Center in Bologna, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University. She has taught classes on International Relations, US Foreign Policy, and nuclear proliferation.
This Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zürich commentary argues that doctrinal discussions on nuclear warfare are both evolving and growing in importance in countries such as Russia, China, Pakistan and India. In response, the West needs to pay more attention to these developments and conduct its own debates on how to manage nuclear risks, adapt its deterrence policies, and pursue its arms control agendas in the 21st century.