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International Seminar "Disruptive technologies, strategic vulnerability, and the future of deterrence" 14.06.2017

Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

International Seminar



10:30 – 11:00 | Registration of participants (53/2, building 1, Ostozhenka street)

11:00 – 11:20 | Welcome remarks (Assembly Hall, 2nd floor)

11:30 – 13:00 | Session 1: The New Era of Counterforce (Assembly Hall, 2nd floor)

  • In what ways do disruptive technologies influence the strategic stability and the counterforce strategy?
  • What do increased accuracy and transparency mean for nuclear arsenals?
  • Is there a sweet spot between modernization and the arms race?
  • Is nuclear disarmament possible in the world of vulnerable nuclear arsenals?

Moderator: SAFRANCHUK Ivan, Associate Professor, MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

11:30 – 12:20 | Presentations and commentaries:

 12:20 – 13:00 | Discussion:

 13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch (“Consul” restaurant, 1st floor)

 14:00 – 15:30 | Session 2: Clandestine Capabilities and Deterrence (Assembly Hall, 2nd floor)

  •  How do clandestine military capabilities affect deterrence?
  • When do states decide to signal clandestine capabilities, and when do they prefer to conceal them?
  • How do opportunities for deception play a role in clandestine signaling?
  • What does the evolution of Cold War strategic anti-submarine warfare tell us about the effect of clandestine capabilities on world politics?

Moderator: BAKLITSKIY Andrey, "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director, PIR Center; Research Fellow, Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

14:00 – 14:50 | Presentations and commentaries:

14:50 – 15:30 | Discussion:

15:30 – 16:00 | Concluding remarks (Assembly Hall, 2nd floor)