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Russian bear - nuclear brinkmanship

Everything you always wanted to know about Atomic Warfare but were afraid to ask: Nuclear Strategy in the Ukraine war era

Thu 29 February

Emmanuel College

Demetrius Floudas, Cambridge Existential Risks Initiative & I. Kant University
Thursday 29 February 2024, 18:000-20:00
Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine constitutes a poignant reminder of the enduring relevance and potential devastation associated with nuclear weapons. For decades, the possibility of such catastrophic conflict has not seemed so imminent as now.

This lecture presents a comprehensive analysis of nuclear strategy for the 21st century. By examining the evolving geostrategic landscape the talk illuminates key concepts such as nuclear posture, credible deterrence, first & second strike capabilities, flexible response, EMP and limited war. Furthermore, it concentrates on the era that started with the war in Ukraine, offering insights into how recent geopolitical developments influence nuclear doctrines.

Through conceivable real-world scenarios, attendees will gain perspective on potential escalation dynamics involving global nuclear actors and will be encouraged to ‘ask the questions they have always been afraid to’.

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About the speaker:

Demetrius A. Floudas is Adj. Professor at the Law Faculty of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad and Fellow of the Hellenic Institute of Foreign and International Law. He is an international lawyer and regulatory adviser who has lived and worked in Russia and Ukraine for a decade, where he served as Team Leader for the Russian Accession to the World Trade Organisation. In a series of lectures at Hughes Hall, he has for many years predicted that an armed conflict in Ukraine was becoming increasingly plausible

In addition, D. Floudas has provided commentary on matters of Foreign Affairs & International Relations to a number of international think-tanks, with his views frequently appearing in the media worldwide (BBC TV & Radio, Voice of America, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Washington Post, Politico and others) including in Ukraine and Russia (Vedomosti, Hromadske TV RIA-Novosti, Russia Today, RBK TV et alia)

He is Senior Adviser to the Cambridge Existential Risk Initiative.

This talk is open to all members of the University, upon prior registration:


Cost: Free

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

Please register at the link provided in the Website below.

A discussion will follow the lecture.
A drinks reception will subsequently take place in the Old Library, Emmanuel College.

Enquiries: The Convenor Website Email: convenor.crcp@outlook.com Telephone: 01223 746367


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Thu 29 February 6:00PM - 8:30PM


Address: Emmanuel College
Queen's Lecture Theatre
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University of Cambridge
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