The Nuclear Studies Research Initiative (NSRI) was established to support and expand a renaissance in nuclear studies by creating a platform for intellectual exchange, cross-fertilization, and mentorship. The initiative actively promotes work that transcends both national and disciplinary boundaries and seeks to contribute to addressing core policy challenges. Created in 2013 by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, the NSRI is now hosted by the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS and has been generously supported by both the Carnegie Corporation and the MacArthur Foundation.
NSRI, in collaboration with the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), is proud to announce the 2019 NSRI Conference, Rethinking the Nuclear Future: Perspectives from Europe and America, which will take place in Hamburg, Germany from December 12-15, 2019. Scholarship on nuclear issues has flourished in the past decade, which presents an opportunity to assess the contributions of past and current research. This year’s conference is committed to reexamining the fundamental questions of our field, from technological advancements to questions of strategy and proliferation policy. We encourage papers that take a broader “big think” approach, such as synthesizing across literatures and debates or taking on reevaluations of core questions. We invite scholars to submit proposals for papers on new ideas that would benefit from the cross disciplinary examination NSRI offers or on any of the topics detailed in the announcement, broadly defined. NSRI and IFSH will cover transportation and lodging for conference participants. Abstracts are due by August 17, 2019. For more information about the conference and how to submit a proposal, click here.
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Nuclear weapons have long played a central but often unappreciated role in American grand strategy. In spite of the unimaginable consequences of their use in war, we know far less about how the bomb shapes U.S. national security and the world politics than we should. Both our leading theories and histories have failed to fully explain important choices American leaders have made about the bomb over the past eight decades. This challenge will only deepen, as new geological and technological forces return the critical question of the purpose and consequences of nuclear weapons to the heart of the debate about the future of America’s grand strategy.
The world’s top nuclear weapon policy and strategy experts will gather in Melbourne this week to examine the history, current challenges and future threats facing the global nuclear order.