Signs protesting the war in Ukraine, outside the Russian embassy in London, England, on February 27, 2022. Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Building a nuclear off-ramp following the war in Ukraine

By James E. Doyle, July 11, 2022

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Signs protesting the war in Ukraine, outside the Russian embassy in London, England, on February 27, 2022. Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine brings the highest risk of nuclear conflict between Russia and the NATO alliance in over 40 years. The reckless decisions of one man, supported obediently by a handful of military and security officials, imperil the world.

It is not the first time that dictators have done such things. Over the centuries, national leaders and their defense and security officials have periodically launched military blunders based on miscalculation or messianic egos—think of Napoleon, or Hitler, to name just two examples.

References

Bugos, S. 2019. “U.S. Completes INF Treaty Withdrawal.” Arms Control Association. September.https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2019-09/news/us-completes-inf-treaty-withdrawal.

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows, nuclear threats are real, present, and dangerous

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