Today's emerging nuclear landscape is marked by three features making it distinct from the post–Cold War nuclear era. First, a return to great power nuclear competition, characterized by modernization and expansion programs in each of the major nuclear powers. Second, the diffusion of destabilizing nuclear strategies to medium and small nuclear powers, generating incentives for arms races and crisis instability in regional conflicts. Third, the potential for the emergence of several new nuclear powers, marking a possible end to the largely successful nonproliferation efforts of the first two nuclear eras. Together, this so-called “Third Nuclear Age” may combine the most dangerous features of the first two.
Join us for a private roundtable discussion with Vipin Narang, who will examine the emerging global nuclear dynamic and its consequences in the years to come. This will be moderated by Rudra Chaudhuri.


4:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Welcome Tea and Coffee

4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Remarks by Vipin Narang

4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Discussion with participants


Vipin Narang is an associate professor of political science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He is also a nonresident scholar in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies. His first book, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014), won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. 


Rudra Chaudhuri is the director of Carnegie India. His primary research focuses on the diplomatic history of South Asia and contemporary security issues.