The Utility of Nuclear Weapons – No more than a Myth?
Senior Fellow and Director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project at the British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
Academic Director, oiip; Senior Scientist, University of Vienna
Senior Fellow, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)
Research Fellow, oiip
In spite of the fact that a single nuclear weapon could cause unimaginable harm to society and nature and an all-out nuclear war would turn the earth into hell, these weapons of mass destruction are still viewed by many as valuable multi-purpose instruments of great utility. Thus, a number of countries continue to cling to their arsenals, willing to bear all associated risks as well as the costs imposed on their economies, while others allegedly or factually work to acquire similar capabilities. In both cases, a strong belief in the utility of these weapons seems to be the driving force. As a consequence, a change in nuclear policies seems to be unlikely, if not impossible, as long as these beliefs persist and go unchallenged. This is exactly what Ward Wilson offers in his book titled “Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons”; he questions and challenges conventional wisdom about the utility of nuclear weapons. He will present and outline his arguments and discuss them with the other panellists and the audience.
Date & Time:
Monday, 26 May 2014
18:30 – 20:00
Austrian Institute for International Affairs – oiip,
Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna 1st Floor
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Event held within oiip’s research area of Global Security Governance.