Nuclear weapons

Briefing paper

Managing US-China nuclear risks: a guide for Australia

As the prospect of high-intensity military conflict in the Indo-Pacific becomes more likely, Beijing, Washington and Canberra will need to manage nuclear risks more proactively.
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International perspectives on space weapons

This paper analyses international perspectives on space weapons and the weaponisation of space, focusing relatively more on countries other than the United States, Russia, and China.
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Perspectives on nuclear deterrence in the 21st century

Nuclear deterrence theory, with its roots in the Cold War era, may not account for all eventualities in the 21st century. Researchers at Chatham House have worked with eight experts to produce this collection of essays examining four contested themes in contemporary policymaking on deterrence.
Briefing paper

Escalating cooperation: nuclear deterrence and the U.S-Australia alliance

While few Australian policymakers have engaged with nuclear strategy in recent decades, this paper suggests that there is a growing realisation amongst the country’s foreign affairs and defence community that nuclear deterrence will become more relevant for Australian defence policy.
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Nuclear strategy in a changing world

The articles in this volume offer Rod Lyon’s distilled wisdom on critical nuclear issues, which are increasingly occupying the minds of Australia’s best policy and intelligence thinkers.
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International treaty examination of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has conducted the international treaty examination of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and recommends that the House take note of its report.
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Trump, Kim and the North Korean nuclear missile melodrama

Now that North Korea has finally reached the threshold of a nuclear missile capability to directly threaten the US mainland, its scripted brand of hyperbole and brinksmanship is encountering a different sort of melodrama - the political theatre of Donald Trump.
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The Iran Nuclear deal—facts, issues, stakeholders, and Australian policy: a quick guide

This overview of the Iran nuclear deal provides a basic overview of what is involved and outlines Australia's policy position.
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Myanmar: a nonproliferation success story

Overview Myanmar has made a nonproliferation U-turn in recent years. Once regarded as a pariah state with connections to North Korea and possible nuclear-weapon ambitions, it has completely changed course. In the context of sweeping political and economic reforms that began in 2011, Myanmar has...
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Tactical nuclear weapons in the modern nuclear era

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Brendan Thomas-Noone argues that advances in technology are making tactical nuclear weapons more precise and potentially more usable. He argues that new arms control measures are needed to promote greater transparency about the development of these weapons. Key findings The...