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Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future


Agenda and Event Audio


Introduction

AUDIO

Richard J. Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Tiffany Ma
The National Bureau of Asian Research


Keynote

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Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier
U.S. Strategic Command


Panel Discussion

AUDIO

Chair:
Roy Kamphausen

The National Bureau of Asian Research

Presenter:
Matthew Kroenig

Georgetown University

Discussant:
Christopher Twomey

Naval Postgraduate School


Closing Remarks

Richard J. Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research


Event Photos

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On June 29, 2016, NBR hosted an event to launch its groundbreaking report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future." The event featured a keynote address followed by a panel discussion with leading scholars in the field. Following opening remarks by Tiffany Ma and Richard Ellings of NBR, Major General Crosier from U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) delivered the keynote address, which focused on U.S strategies for deterrence. In his remarks, he highlighted the increasing need to advance strategic thinking and cultivate a nuanced understanding of today’s increasingly complex security environment, which is compounded by the proliferation of advanced nuclear and missile technology in Asia.

The ensuing panel discussion featured report author Matthew Kroenig and project senior advisor Christopher Twomey, and was moderated by Roy Kamphausen of NBR. Dr. Kroenig (Georgetown University) presented his key findings and recommendations of the study. His presentation highlighted the new challenges posed by an evolving nuclear order in Asia that is distinctive from the previously bipolar order. Dr. Twomey (Naval Postgraduate School) added his perspectives on the main themes of the report and made recommendations for future research.

The contemporary nuclear landscape has evolved from the Cold War model into a multipolar nuclear order characterized by the presence of several nuclear powers with varied capabilities. As the study indicates, the growth in the number of nuclear players in Asia will affect the strategic calculus of regional powers in several ways—their needs for strategic assurance, their evolving grand strategies and force postures, the prospect of arms races and arms control, and the dangers of crisis escalation—all of which introduce greater complexity into U.S. foreign and defense policymaking. Hence, it is of growing importance to better understand the shifting dynamics of a multipolar nuclear order in Asia and its significance for U.S. policy. This stimulating discussion—and the findings of this NBR Special Report—shed much needed light on Asia’s current and future nuclear dynamics.


More about the Project

Learn more about the Approaching Critical Mass project and project team members here.


Major General Clinton E. Crosier, Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, delivered the keynote address for the report launch event.



The NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" by Matthew Kroenig explores the dynamics of a multipolar nuclear order in Asia and assesses the implications for U.S. foreign and defense policy.