Tony Barrett Gives CSIS Practice Talk On Inadvertent Nuclear War To GCRI Nuclear War Group

On Thursday 11 October 2012,* GCRI hosted the second of a series of discussions among a group of nuclear war scholars. The discussion centered around a practice talk that Tony Barrett gave for an upcoming conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
* We apologize for the delays in getting this post online.

Meeting participants included Martin Hellman of Stanford and Seth Baum, Tony Barrett, and Jacob Haqq-Misra, all of GCRI.

Barrett’s talk, Analyzing and Reducing the Risks of Inadvertent Nuclear War between the United States and Russia, was prepared for the fall 2012 conference of the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues. The talk was based on research Barrett lead for GCRI with Seth Baum and Kelly Hostetler.

Inadvertent nuclear war occurs when one nation believes incorrectly that it is under attack, and then uses nuclear weapons in what it believes is a counterattack. The result is a nuclear war that happens “by accident”. While inadvertent nuclear war has never previously occurred, there have been several close calls, including the 1983 Able Archer incident and the 1995 Norwegian rocket incident.

For the previous GCRI nuclear war group discussion, see GCRI Hosts Discussion Of Nuclear War.

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Seth Baum is Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute.
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