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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament

For a Special Issue on
Strategic Stability in the 21st Century

Manuscript deadline
31 July 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ulrich Kühn, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg
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Strategic Stability in the 21st Century

The Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament (J-PAND) invites papers for a special feature in the next issue to be published in 2022 on the origins of, prospects for, and political as well as technological challenges to the concept of strategic stability.

Strategic stability has been very much in the news again – not least, because the United States and Russia have started a strategic stability dialogue in 2021. At the June 2021 Geneva Summit, Presidents Biden and Putin reaffirmed a statement from Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan from the 1980s “that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” In the scholarly literature, strategic stability is often associated with two elements: crisis stability and arms race stability. Both elements have come under massive pressure due to political and technological developments that threaten the continued viability of strategic stability. The increasingly multipolar nuclear order, competition in the US-Russia and US-China dyads, China’s recent buildup in the nuclear and conventional domains, lacking regional crisis mechanisms, and novel weapons technologies all put into question whether strategic stability can remain a viable tool for preventing war, and nuclear war at that.

Given these recent developments, articles would contribute to answering the following questions that may include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the intellectual and political origins of strategic stability and how did they help to shape the end of the block confrontation?
  • How could strategic stability be (re)applied to the US-Russia dyad as a means to continue bilateral nuclear, and perhaps conventional, arms control?
  • What could be a potential role for the strategic stability concept in the beginning security dialogue between the United States and China?
  • What is the impact of technological change in various military domains on strategic stability and how could its potentially negative impact be mitigated?
  • How could non-nuclear allies support or derail the strategic stability concept?

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