Despite the tremendous deterrent power of nuclear weapons, why have they not greatly diminished international security competition?  Why, for example, does nuclear stability between India and Pakistan remain highly elusive? A combination of factors such as the challenge of deploying a deterrent arsenal, the technological threats to strategic stability, and the difficulties of conventional deterrence potentially explain the persistence of intense security competition among nuclear powers.

Join us for a roundtable discussion with Keir Lieber and Daryl Press as they unpack the forces driving security competition in a nuclear world and the challenges of deterrence in the twenty-first century. 


4:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Welcome Tea

4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Remarks by Keir Lieber and Daryl Press

4:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Discussion with paricipants


Keir Lieber

Keir Lieber is the director of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) and Security Studies Program (SSP) and an associate professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of War and the Engineers, and his articles on the role of technology and nuclear weapons in international politics have appeared in leading outlets, including International Security, Security Studies, and the Atlantic. He was awarded an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2015. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Daryl Press

Daryl Press is an associate professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. He has written extensively on U.S. national security policy, the evolution of technology and warfare, and the future of deterrence. He has published in leading academic journals such as International Security, the American Political Science Review, and Security Studies, as well as popular outlets including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and the Atlantic. His first book, Calculating Credibility: How Leaders Assess Military Threats, explores the sources of credibility and decision-making during crises. Press received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Rudra Chaudhuri

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