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Virtual Program: The War in Ukraine and Its Implications for Our Nuclear Future

Watch the Bulletin’s virtual broadcast “The War in Ukraine and Its Implications for Our Nuclear Future” featuring Francesca Giovannini, Pavel Podvig and Manpreet Sethi in conversation with Lauren Sukin.

These experts addressed questions on nuclear risk, the future of nuclear arms control and much more. Watch a recording of the April 11 program above.

Read the Bulletin’s coverage of Ukraine here andlisten to all our virtual programs.

Francesca Giovannini is the Executive Director of the Atom Management Project at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Additionally, she is a non-residential fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Giovannini served as Strategy and Policy Officer to the Executive Secretary of the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Prior to her international appointment, Ms. Giovannini worked for five years at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Boston as Director of the Global Security and International Affairs Research Program.

Pavel Podvig is an independent analyst based in Geneva, where he directs his research project, “Russian Nuclear Forces”. He is also a senior researcher at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and a research fellow with the Science and Global Security Program at Princeton University. The American Physical Society awarded Podvig the 2008 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award (along with Anatoly Diakov). His current research focuses on Russian strategic forces and the nuclear weapons complex, as well as technical and political aspects of nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament, missile defense, and the US-Russian arms control process. Pavel Podvig is a member of the International Fissile Materials Panel. He holds a degree in physics from MIPT and a doctorate in political science from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.

Manpreet Sethi is Distinguished Fellow, Center for Air Power Studies, New Delhi, directs its program on nuclear security. Recipient of K Subrahmanyam Award in 2014 and Chief of Air Staff Commendation in 2020. Having completed her PhD in 1997, she has since worked on nuclear energy, strategy, arms control and disarmament. She is the author/co-author/editor of eight books and over 120 articles. She regularly lectures at the National Defense College and other establishments of the Indian Armed Forces, Police, Foreign Services and Universities. Sethi is a regular contributor to nuclear policy conferences, Track II initiatives and UNIDIR. She was a member of the Prime Minister’s Informal Group on Disarmament in 2012. Currently, she is a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network (APLN), Consultant, Nuclear Abolition Forum and Co-Chair of Women in Nuclear – India.

Lauren Sukin is a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow in Nuclear Security at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and incoming Assistant Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on the role of nuclear weapons in alliances, crisis politics and public opinion. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in political science from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and literary arts from Brown University. Sukin is a member of the Bulletin Editorial Fellows Program.