Security and Defence

Weapons of Mass Destruction
18 Mar 2019 20:00 - 22:00
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This event was organised by SIB-Groningen. For further details and registration view here.

‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ or MAD is what defined strategic thinking during the Cold War. With 2 sole superpowers pointing over 70,000 nuclear warheads at each other, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s) were the basis of an unstable peace between the 2 rivals. Almost 30 years ago, the Cold War ended and with that the process of destroying WMD’s continues further. However, there are currently still over 14,000 nuclear warheads in the world, divided over 9 countries. How do these nuclear weapons shape the relationship between countries in the modern world? Is MAD still a useable concept in International Relations? And are these weapons here to stay?

Sico van der Meer shares his views during this public debate.