International Order & Conflict

Securing the Nuclear Enterprise: What Nuclear Crises Teach Us About Future Security Threats

Next spring, the U.S will
join other world governments and organizations in The Hague for the 2014
Nuclear Security Summit. Like previous gatherings in 2010 and 2012, the
upcoming summit will include debate about the steps the global community must
take to prevent nuclear materials from falling into the hands of non-state
actors. Central to this objective is the ability of nuclear armed states to
maintain control over their weapons and sensitive materials. One way the U.S.
can identify existing gaps in the control regime and prepare for the summit is
by carefully studying previous nuclear weapons crises.
During its Cultural Revolution, China nearly lost control of its nuclear
arsenal. This history – little known in the U.S. – is both chilling and
critical to understanding Chinese attitudes towards nuclear security. In the
Nonproliferation Policy Education Center’s (NPEC) new study, Nuclear
Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach?,
Chinese nuclear weapons
management expert and Executive Director of Project 2049 Institute Mark Stokes
tells the story of China’s near-nuclear crisis and the lessons that can be
learned from it. Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative held an event to discuss the release of NPEC’s latest book and explore this important history.

Mark Stokes,  Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute
Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy
Education Center
Brian Finlay, Managing Director, Stimson’s Managing Across
Boundaries Initiative

You can watch the full event here:


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