Event: The End of Strategic Stability?

Date(s):
September 12, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location:
National Defense University

Adam Stulberg and Lawrence Rubin

The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries

About this Event:

During the Cold War, many believed the superpowers shared a conception of strategic stability, a coexistence where both sides would compete for global influence but would be deterred from using nuclear weapons. In actuality, both sides understood strategic stability and deterrence quite differently. Today's international system is further complicated by more nuclear powers, regional rivalries, and nonstate actors who punch above their weight, but the United States and other nuclear powers still cling to old conceptions of strategic stability. 

Lawrence Rubin and Adam Stulberg, editors of the 2018 book The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries, and book contributor Dima Adamsky, will unpack and examine how different states in different regions view strategic stability, the use or non-use of nuclear weapons, and whether or not strategic stability is still a prevailing concept. The panel will discuss how nuclear weapons will impact the international system in the twenty-first century and specifically the impact of Russia’s information warfare and cross-domain coercion to strategic stability.

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Biographies:

Lawrence Rubin is an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has held positions at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy through a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, the RAND Corporation, National Defense University, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Rubin is the author and editor of three books, including The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries (Georgetown University Press, 2018) co-edited with Adam Stulberg and Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014). His other work has been published in peer reviewed journals and policy outlets such as Lawfare, the Brookings Institution, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, and The Washington Post. Rubin is the Associate Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. He recently served as a senior advisor for United States Institute of Peace Task Force on Violence Extremism in Fragile States. Rubin received his PhD in Political Science from UCLA (2009) and has earned degrees from University of Oxford, London School of Economics, and UC Berkeley.

Adam N. Stulberg is Professor and Sam Nunn Chair at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. Dr. Stulberg has authored or edited five books— including Well-Oiled Diplomacy: Strategic Manipulation and Russia’s Energy Statecraft (SUNY Press, 2007); [co-edited with Matthew Fuhrmann] The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security (Stanford University Press, 2013); and most recently The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries (Georgetown University Press, 2018) edited with Lawrence Rubin. He also has published widely in leading international academic and policy journals, including Foreign Affairs, Security Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Energy Research & Social Science, Orbis, Problems of Post-Communism, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dr. Stulberg earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan. He served as a Political Consultant at RAND from 1987-1997, and as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (1997-1998). He is currently Associate Director, Strategic Energy Institute, an institute wide-center at Georgia Tech. 

Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is a Professor at the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. His research interests include international security, cultural approach to international relations, and American, Russian and Israeli national security policies. He has published on these topics in Foreign Affairs, Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Journal of Cold War History. He is the author of Operation Kavkaz (2006) and The Culture of Military Innovation (Stanford UP, 2012). His recent book Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy(Stanford UP, 2019) explores confluence of religion, politics and strategy in contemporary Russia.

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