Putin’s War with Ukraine: Voices of CNS Experts on the Russian Invasion

Updated May 23, 2022 • Posted March 8, 2022

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Monument to Bohdan Khmelnitsky with St. Sophia Cathedral in the background in Kyiv, Ukraine (Src: Shutterstock)

Monument to Bohdan Khmelnitsky with St. Sophia Cathedral in the background in Kyiv, Ukraine (Src: Shutterstock)

Introduction

Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has set in motion a catastrophic war, the consequences of which are already tragic. As with all wars, this one also will have many unintended consequences, including with respect to nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, deterrence, disarmament, and risk reduction.

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Consistent with the CNS mission of promoting nonproliferation education and analysis, CNS has launched a series of webinars about the nuclear challenges and risks that have arisen as a result of this unfolding crisis. Links the recordings of prior webinars are provided below.

Additionally, this portal provides a compendium of CNS expert analysis and commentary on the war with a particular focus on its nuclear ramifications. It also will provide relevant educational materials for both an expert and more general audience.


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CNS Webinar Series: Nuclear Threats and the War in Ukraine

Watch a series of CNS webinars about the nuclear challenges and risks that have arisen as a result of this unfolding crisis.

  • The War in Ukraine: Implications for the Use and Proliferation of Chemical and Biological Weapons


    April 25, 2022
    In the fourth episode of the series, a group of experts from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and King’s College London discuss the prospects of Russia using biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. The experts also discuss how various misinformation campaigns weaken the nonproliferation regime and current international treaties.

  • The War in Ukraine and the Future of Arms Control


    March 25, 2022
    In the third episode of the Nuclear Threats and the War in Ukraine, Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London and Ms. Sarah Bidgood, Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), discuss the future of arms control. The discussion is moderated by CNS founder and director Dr. William Potter. Ms. Bidgood wrote a recent article in Foreign Policy about the real possibility of a new nuclear arms race.

  • The War in Ukraine and Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Weapons Use


    March 3, 2022
    Three distinguished scholars discuss the risk that nuclear weapons could be used in the context of the war in Ukraine and the likely impact of the war on the international nonproliferation regime and national decisions to forego nuclear weapons.


  • The Chornobyl Exclusion Zone: Nuclear Safety and Security in Time of War


    March 1, 2022
    Features speaker Kateryna Pavlova, Head of International Department and Public Relations, State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, former Head of State Agency on Exclusion Zone Management.



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  • Around the halls: Implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
    Brookings experts analyze the implications of the invasion, for Europe, Russia, international order, U.S. foreign policy, and much more, and offer policy recommendations for the United States, European, and other governments.
    — The Brookings Institution


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