Consequences of global nuclear war for strategic risk management

Paul Ingram, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge, will be giving an introduction to the latest research on the global effects of nuclear war and examine some of the consequences for strategic risk management.

Nuclear winter was popularised in the early 1980s and is thought to have had huge impact on political leaderships of the time, when the global nuclear stockpile was around 70,000 warheads. Interest and awareness has since faded, along with deep reductions in the numbers of weapons. Recent research suggests that the danger of global climatic effects from even a limited nuclear war could be catastrophic, possibly even existential. This talk will survey the evidence and ask questions around what this might mean for government risk assessments, mitigation strategies and strategic postures.

This event will be followed by a networking reception.

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