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POSSE VI

Welcome

Welcome to the Program On Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE)

The purpose of POSSE is to reinvigorate inter-disciplinary, international scholarship on issues of strategic stability in a post-nuclear weapons era.  An important component of this effort entails stimulating not only new policy-relevant scholarship but nurturing dialogue among the next generation of international scholars on nuclear disarmament and risk reduction issues—with a particular focus on the United States, the Russian Federation, and the Peoples Republic of China.  The intent initially is to flesh out the requirements for “minimum deterrence” among the existing NWPS, and then to explore novel criteria for strategic stability that transcend this traditional framework to complement pursuit of an agenda for deep reductions, including possible elimination of nuclear weapons.

Specifically, the focus will be on:

  • forging a global network of inter-generational and inter-disciplinary scholars of strategic issues
  • deepening interaction among members of this network and between them and national security policy makers in the United State and other NWPS
  • filling knowledge gaps related to conditions and processes for deterring, reassuring, dissuading, averting, and/or managing conflict among multiple nuclear powers that possess very different force postures/strategies
  • identifying means to advance and sustain radically new nuclear arms reductions/nonproliferation/disarmament policies amid changing strategic landscapes

POSSE employs a combination of collaborative research activities, workshops, mediated blogs, public fora (real and virtual), closed policy dialogues, and publications to stimulate innovative and cross-disciplinary thinking about strategic stability and to recruit and mentor the next generation of scholars in the field.

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2012 Winner Announced


Core Contributor Dima Adamsky
Winner of the 2012 annual Amos Perlmutter Prize
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Nuclear Strategy with Chinese Characteristics

Wu Riqiang, Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, published the article "Certainty of Uncertainty: Nuclear Strategy with Chinese Characteristics" in the Journal of Strategic Studies, May 7, 2013. 

Contact him for more information at wu.riqiang@gmail.com.

Recent Publications


Fuhrmann and Sechser Publish POSSE Paper "Crisis Bargaining and Nuclear Blackmail"
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The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security
Edited by Stulberg and Fuhrmann
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Nuclear Threat Initiative