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‘WMDs in International Relations’ by Sico van der Meer

18 March at 20:00 - 22:00

‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ or MAD is what defined strategic thinking during the Cold War. With 2 sole superpowers pointing over 70,000 nuclear warheads at each other, WMD’s were the basis of an unstable peace between the 2 rivals. Almost 30 years ago, the Cold War ended and with that the process of destroying WMD’s continues further. However, there are currently still over 14,000 nuclear warheads in the world, divided over 9 countries. How do these nuclear weapons shape the relationship between countries in the modern world? Is MAd still a useable concept in International Relations? And are these weapons here to stay? 

Joining us this night to talk about these questions is Sico van der Meer. Sico van der Meer is a Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. His research focusses on non-conventional weapons such as Weapons of Mass Destruction and cyber weapons from a strategic policy perspective. He also has a special interest in North Korea and relations between North and South Korea.

This event is free and open to everyone.  


18 March
20:00 - 22:00


Café De Troubadour
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, Groningen 9711PC Netherlands
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