75 Years after Hiroshima: A New Nuclear Arms Race?

On August 6 and 9, 1945, over 120,000 people were killed by the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Decade by decade, the billions of people at risk from direct and indirect effects of nuclear war continue to grow. The recent U.S. withdrawal from arms control treaties and the pursuit of new nuclear weapons capabilities by nuclear weapon states suggest we may be facing a renewed nuclear arms race. In this symposium, we will delve into the resurgent role of sea-based nuclear capabilities in national security strategies and the factors that undermine the generally‑recognized strategic stabilizing effect of submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Hiroshima Nov. 4th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM CST                           

Keynote speakers: Dr. Hans Kristensen, Prof. Alan Robock and Prof. David Holloway

New Challenges in Nuclear Arms Control Nov. 11th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM CST

Keynote speakers: former Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller and Prof. Michael Nacht

Future of the Nuclear Triad Nov. 18th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM CST

Keynote speaker: Prof. Margaret Kosal

Cosponsors: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Department of History; Center for Global Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering; Department of Physics, and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at Illinois

Photo credit:  Petty Officer 1st Class James Kimber/U.S. Navy https://www.npr.org/2020/01/29/800938203/u-s-has-deployed-new-small-nukes-on-submarine-according-to-group