Podcast / Europe & Central Asia 27 April 2021 Has the Spread of Nuclear Weapons Added to Global Stability? This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to researcher Petr Topychkanov about the balance of nuclear power between India and Pakistan, deterrence and nuclear transparency. Share Facebook Twitter Email Linkedin Whatsapp Save Print Maintaining the balance of power is considered essential to stability and peace. What happens when nuclear weapons enter the equation? Petr Topychkanov, senior researcher at the SIPRI Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Program, tells Olga and Hugh that nuclear proliferation in South Asia has lessened the intensity of traditional warfare fuelled by local geopolitics. Together they explore what his findings mean more broadly for doctrines of deterrence. It’s not just new nuclear states that pose new challenges for conflict prevention. Petr weighs in on the question of how inclusive and transparent arms control discussions should be, given that to date, they have involved only Russia (and before it the Soviet Union) and the United States. Are broader talks possible, and do countries even want them? What would bring China to the table? Would France or the UK be interested? The latter, after all, has recently heightened the role of ambiguity in its nuclear policy. He also discusses how artificial intelligence, among other new technologies, is altering the nature of warfare and to what extent nuclear weapons encourage restraint in the face of these growing capabilities. Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. For more information: Petr Topychkanov’s latest report: South Asia’s Nuclear Challenges: Interlocking Views from India, Pakistan, China, Russia and the United States. War & Peace S2 E13: Planning for Nuclear Armageddon War & Peace S2 E15: What’s the Point of Nuclear Weapons Today? Related Tags Technology and War South Asia Contributors Olga Oliker Program Director, Europe and Central Asia OlyaOliker Hugh Pope Director of Communications & Outreach Hugh_Pope Petr Topychkanov Senior Researcher at the SIPRI Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Program More for you Podcast / Africa The Horn Podcast Hold Your Fire!