You searched for: Content Type Special Report Remove constraint Content Type: Special Report Publishing Institution Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Remove constraint Publishing Institution: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Political Geography Russia Remove constraint Political Geography: Russia Topic Arms Control and Proliferation Remove constraint Topic: Arms Control and Proliferation
- Author: James M. Acton
- Publication Date: 04-2020
- Content Type: Special Report
- Institution: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Abstract: Ambiguity about whether a weapon is nuclear-armed prior to its launch is an underappreciated, serious, and growing danger. Rising geopolitical tensions and the decay of arms control are exacerbating the risk that such pre-launch warhead ambiguity could lead to nuclear use in a crisis or conflict. Recent developments in technology—as well as potential future advances, such as the development of ambiguous intercontinental missiles—further add to the danger. A first step toward reducing these risks is to enhance awareness among decisionmakers of the causes and potential consequences of ambiguity. Unilateral and cooperative risk-mitigation measures could further reduce the danger of escalation, including in conflicts between the United States and Russia or the United States and China.
- Topic: Conflict Prevention, Arms Control and Proliferation, Nuclear Weapons, Geopolitics
- Political Geography: Russia, China, United States of America