‘Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century’
The question that now faces the international community—particularly those who possess nuclear weapons—is simple to ask, but profoundly difficult to answer: what comes next? These weapons of mass destruction have animated our collective thinking since the end of World War II, but have continued to collect dust in their various silos and nuclear submarines. Will this remain the case outside the bounds of the US-USSR Cold War and in our multipolar world? Will—or should—the next 75 years mirror the past 75 years? Whatever the answer, the role nuclear weapons will play in modern strategic decision-making remains uncertain, but impossible to ignore.
Volume 39, Issue 2 of the SAIS Review of International Affairs thus seeks to address the topic of nuclear weapons and their role in the 21st century. To that end, the featured essays spotlight some of the most pressing issues affecting nuclear weapons and shaping their future impact on strategy and the world more generally.
Volume 39, Issue 2 of the SAIS Review of International Affairs is now freely available at: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/42061