Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future

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On Tuesday 4th September, the University of Birmingham hosted the Third Annual Symposium on “The Challenges to Trust Building in Nuclear Worlds” entitled “Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future”.

Building on the success of previous years, the symposium aims once again to bring together early career researchers, established academics and practitioners working in the fields of trust research and/or nuclear politics. The event was designed to facilitate interaction between all three groups while also enhancing collaboration between researchers across various social scientific disciplines such as international relations, psychology, and sociology.

The conference was jointly hosted by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) of the University of Birmingham and the Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies group (ISSS) of University of Leicester.

See related content in the POLSIS blog’s Security Studies research agenda series.

Opening remarks

Professor Nicholas Wheeler

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Panel 1: Conceptualising Trust and Arms Control

Nick Ritchie (York), “’Nuclear weapons, value and legitimacy”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlBHfc2pzyo&w=560&h=315]

Heather Williams (KCL), “The trust spectrum: options and prospects in arms control”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu7htwhIIHg&w=560&h=315]

Jason Douglas (Cork), “Deterrence and trust building amongst nuclear rivals”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAZFD5M0BD4&w=560&h=315]

Michael Urban (Oxford), “Operationalizing Trust; a first cut at identifying the micro-level mechanisms of trust building”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ru6EvEVB4&w=560&h=315]

Panel 2: Nuclear Alliances and Strategic Bargains

Daniel Salisbury (KCL), “Trust in the UK-US nuclear relationship: the Trident purchase 1978-1982”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7tj0RghIGE&w=560&h=315]

Hugh Chalmers (RUSI), “Trust among friends: nuclear confidence-building in NATO”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Qot8r1ZSI&w=560&h=315]

Vincent Keating (Durham) and Jan Ruzicka (Aberystwyth), “An unlikely trusting relationship? The United States and Japan since 1945”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZLRs6wePt0&w=560&h=315]

Panel 3: Challenges to Nuclear Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

 

Andrew Futter (Leicester) & Ben Zala (Birmingham), “Trust, cooperation and the Asia-Pacific nuclear balance”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UJ3trPWbLk&w=560&h=315]

Nicola Horsburgh (Oxford) & Kate Sullivan (Oxford), “Explaining India & China’s small nuclear arsenals

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bufvkx5n7gU&w=560&h=315]

Francesca Giovannini (Oxford), “Indonesia & Singapore: rivalry and ASEAN regional nuclear cooperation”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBhPV_Aaj88&w=560&h=315]

Panel 4: Trust and Current Nuclear Challenges

 

David Cliff (VERTIC), “Trust and nuclear warhead dismantlement verification”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enIKUp1hd_w&w=560&h=315]

Matthew Moran (KCL) & Christopher Hobbs (KCL), “Exploring the role of trust in Iranian nuclear diplomacy”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ_cMLwBzEo&w=560&h=315]

Patricia Shamai (Portsmouth), “Nuclear terrorism and trust: understanding the significance of the categorization of WMD”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1wT8M3KFQM&w=560&h=315]

Ingmar Zielke (KCL), “Doomed to failure: US-Russia BMD cooperation”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soYcyM4DKIM&w=560&h=315]

 

Roundtable: Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future

Wyn Bowen (KCL)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GxVCu9BVH4&w=560&h=315]

Patricia Lewis (Chatham House)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG6vt0fcF9c&w=560&h=315]

Paul Schulte (KCL)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj-L-RKH39U&w=560&h=315]

Note: The comments in these videos present the views of the speakers, and not the position of the POLSIS blog, the Department of Political Science and International Studies nor the University of Birmingham.

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