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On September 20, 2016 Russian International Affairs Council holds a seminar with participation of Associate Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester Andrew Futter : «War Games Redux? Cyberthreats, US–Russian Strategic Stability, and New Challenges for Nuclear Security and Arms Control».

On September 20, 2016 Russian International Affairs Council holds a seminar with participation of Associate Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester Andrew Futter: «War Games Redux? Cyberthreats, US–Russian Strategic Stability, and New Challenges for Nuclear Security and Arms Control».

Some 30 years since the release of the Hollywood blockbuster War Games, the possibility that hackers might break into nuclear command and control facilities, compromise early warning or firing systems, or even cause the launch of a nuclear weapon has become disturbingly real.

While this challenge will impact all nuclear-armed states, it appears particularly acute for the USA and Russia given their large, diverse, and highly alerted nuclear forces.

The fact that east–west relations have deteriorated to a nadir perhaps not seen since the 1980s, strategic instability has increased – particularly in the wake of the Ukraine and now Syria crises – and that the nuclear arms reductions agenda appears to have reached a standstill makes this challenge particularly pressing.

Andrew Futter will focus on emerging cyberthreats and challenges for nuclear security and give his opinion on Russia-US relations on the strategic issues.

Dr Andrew Futter is Associate Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester, author of books and publications on nuclear strategy, non-proliferation and new challenges to nuclear order. He is currently finalising a UK-government funded Future Research Leader’s Grant investigating the cyber challenge for nuclear weapons.

The seminar will take place on September 20, 2016, at Business Centre “Alexander House”, 1, Bolshaya Yakimanka Street, from 16:00 till 17:30, registration will start at 15:30.

The working language of the seminar is English (no simultaneous interpreting will be provided).

Webcast will be provided.

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