From ICBMs to Instagram: The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Nuclear Escalation and Arms Control

Can a tweet start a war? Miscalculation and miscommunication present some of the greatest risks and challenges to crisis stability. While the United States and other Western countries have typically viewed stability through a relatively narrow lens focused on nuclear forces, others, such as Russia and China, take a broader view and include offensive and defensive forces, along with information operations. This seminar will explore the potential impact of emerging technologies, to include cyber and social media, on crisis stability and nuclear weapons policy. The seminar will make the case for asymmetric arms control as an innovative tool to promote stability. 


Dr. Heather Williams is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department and the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London, where she is a co-convenor for the Master’s programme on Arms Control and International Security. Before joining King’s, Heather was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and a Researcher with the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, DC, where she continues to serve as an adjunct supporting projects for the U.S. Department of Defense. Her PhD dissertation was completed in 2014 in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London on trust-building in U.S.-Russia arms control. She is a co-President of Women in International Security (WIIS) UK.


All are welcome. Lunch will be provided at 12.15pm.

Places are limited. To book a seat, please register on Eventbrite.