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Postponed: Call for papers: Understanding assurance, deterrence, and potential nuclear escalation in Europe

The workshop, initially scheduled for 9-10 June 2020 in Berlin, has been postponed to the fall.

The call for papers will be reissued, once a new date for the workshop has been set. Please stay tuned.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email (cis[at]hertie-school[dot]org). 


As part of a research project on “Understanding Assurance, Deterrence, and Potential Nuclear Escalation in Europe” funded by the Stanton Foundation, the aim of the workshop is to facilitate exchange among a new generation of researchers from Europe and elsewhere who are studying nuclear security policy. 

We are particularly interested in papers that deal with 

  • the role of (non-strategic) nuclear weapons in alliance assurance dynamics;
  • the management of diverging assurance and deterrence needs in alliances (in particular in NATO);
  • the potential consequences of assurance failure, the end of NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangement as well as possible options European states could and should pursue;
  • or the potential consequences of deterrence failure and nuclear escalation scenarios in the European theatre. 

The workshop will take place at the Hertie School in Berlin. 


Questions? Get in touch

  • Tobias Bunde , Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for International Security