The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution: Power Politics in the Atomic Age

Thursday, December 2, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm Webinar

Statecraft Series
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press discuss their new book, "The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution," which tackles the central puzzle of the nuclear age: the persistence of intense geopolitical competition in the shadow of nuclear weapons. They explain why the Cold War superpowers raced so feverishly against each other; why the creation of “mutual assured destruction” does not ensure peace; and why the rapid technological changes of the 21st century will weaken deterrence in hotspots around the world. Ultimately, Lieber and Press discover answers to critical questions: how much capability is required for a reliable nuclear deterrent, how conventional conflicts may become nuclear wars, and how to prevent new technology from ushering in an age of nuclear instability.

This event is co-sponsored by the Miller Center.