Conference: The Theory and Practice of Nuclear Weapons and International Security

The Inaugural Theory and Practice of Security Conference: Nuclear Weapons and International Security

Tuesday, March 19, 9:00 – 4:30
Lohrfink Auditorium, Georgetown University

What do we really know about the impact of nuclear weapons on international relations? What are the best theories and explanations for state behavior in the shadow of nuclear war, and how well do they help us understand history and contemporary geopolitics? This conference brought together top nuclear experts – international relations scholars, historians, and policy practitioners – to discuss and debate the theory and practice of nuclear strategy, deterrence, and arms control. The Center for Security Studies was proud to host a day of conversations with scholars and practitioners alike, featuring a keynote address by Dr. John Mearsheimer on the role of great powers in the nuclear arena.


9:00 – 9:15: Opening Remarks

Keir Lieber Director, Center for Security Studies Georgetown University

9:15 – 10:45: Great Power Escalation

Elbridge Colby Director, Defense Program Center for a New American Security Fiona Cunningham Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford University Caitlin Talmadge Associate Professor, Center for Security Studies Georgetown University Kristin Ven Bruusgaard MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford University

11:00 – 12:30: The Challenge of Extended Deterrence

Matthew Kroenig Associate Professor, Department of Government Georgetown University Charles Glaser Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies GWU Elliott School of International Affairs Frank Gavin Director, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Brad Roberts Director, Center for Global Security Research Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:45 – 2:45: Keynote: The Great Powers and the Quest for Nuclear Advantage

John Mearsheimer R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science University of Chicago

3:00 – 4:30: Nuclear Arms Control

John Maurer Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Studies Yale University Daryl Press Associate Professor, Department of Government Dartmouth College Frank Rose Senior Fellow, Security and Strategy Foreign Policy Program Brookings Institution