nuclear weapons

Thinking seriously about Asia's arms control

The time to think seriously about the prospects for controlling Asia’s nuclear arsenals has arrived, writes Dr Benjamin Zala

Testing the Nuclear Stability-Instability Paradox Using Synthetic Control Method

Does acquisition of nuclear weapons by security rivals increase their level of conventional militarised conflict? Some recent theoretical and quantitative work has supported the ‘stability-instability paradox’, the proposition that while nuclear weapons deter nuclear war, they may also provide the conditions for nuclear-armed rivals to increase conventional military conflict with each other. However, other quantitative analysis and qualitative studies of the India–Pakistan dyad have delivered more equivocal assessments.

When Australian nuclear weapons could make sense

The debate of the possibility of Australia acquiring nuclear weapons is certainly being noticed by many Americans. ‘Is this serious?’ is a common question from security analysts here in Washington DC.

Finding a Way Forward: Strategic Diplomacy in Northeast Asia

Northeast Asia is rife with potential conflict, given US-China great power rivalry, ongoing differences over interpretations of history between Korea and Japan and between China and Japan, simmering maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, and worries that tensions could escalate between Taiwan and the Mainland under the US presidency of Donald J. Trump. The articles in this cover package of Global Asia argue that now is the time for players in the region to embrace “strategic diplomacy.”

US looks for nuclear weapons it can actually us

Not many Australian academics convince a US president to adopt a less dangerous nuclear weapons strategy. Yet this is what the former US President Jimmy Carter credits Des Ball with doing.

Asia-Pacific: The New Nuclear Fault Line?

Published in Security Challenges, 3(1) 2007: 9-15.

2015 John Gee Memorial Lecture - Watch the full video

Chaired by ANU Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans, the 2015 John Gee Memorial Lecture was delivered by DFAT Secretary Mr Peter N Varghese AO, who spoke about the critical work of arms control in the 21st century.

2015 John Gee Memorial Lecture: Australia and the challenge of weapons of mass destruction

For a hundred years, humans have had the capacity to attack each other with devastating chemical weapons.

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