Watch the Bulletin virtual program “China’s new nuclear silo fields: Negotiating card or arms race catalyst” featuring Duyeon Kim, Matt Korda, and Tong Zhao in conversation with Susan D’Agostino.
These experts discussed the recent open source discoveries of the new Chinese nuclear missile fields and offered insights into whether this move is indicative of a larger strategy shift or a negotiating card for future talks. Watch above to learn more.
Duyeon Kim is an adjunct senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security and columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She specializes in both regional and functional issues: the two Koreas, nuclear nonproliferation, East Asian relations, security, and negotiations. She has written in leading publications including Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. Kim is a frequent commentator on CNN and BBC among other networks, and quoted widely in global media including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Guardian, Yonhap News, and The Japan Times. Previously, she was senior advisor for Northeast Asia and Nuclear Policy at the International Crisis Group; associate in the nuclear policy and Asia programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and senior fellow and deputy director of non-proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Kim holds a PhD in International Relations from Korea.
Matt Korda is a senior research associate and project manager for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where he co-authors the Nuclear Notebook with Hans Kristensen. Matt is also an associate researcher with the Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Previously, he worked for the Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre at NATO HQ in Brussels. Matt received his MA in International Peace & Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and a BA in European Studies from the University of Toronto.
Tong Zhao is a senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based in Beijing at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. His research focuses on strategic security issues, such as nuclear weapons policy, deterrence, arms control, nonproliferation, missile defense, hypersonic weapons, and China’s security and foreign policy. He holds a PhD in science, technology, and international affairs from Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as an MA in international relations and a BS in physics from Tsinghua University. He is the author of “Tides of Change: China’s Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines and Strategic Stability” and “Narrowing the U.S.-China Gap on Missile Defense: How to Help Forestall a Nuclear Arms Race.”
Susan D’Agostino is an associate editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, Quanta, Scientific American, Wired, BBC Science Focus, and other publications. Susan is the author and illustrator of How To Free Your Inner Mathematician: Notes on Mathematics and Life (Oxford University Press, 2020). Susan earned a PhD in mathematics at Dartmouth College and an MA in science writing at Johns Hopkins University.
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