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Op-ed

The Nuclear Risk Reduction Approach: A Useful Path Forward for Crisis Mitigation

Sylvia Mishra

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Reports

Nuclear Crisis Communications: Mapping Risk Reduction Implementation Pathways

Sylvia Mishra

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Reports

Towards a Stronger Ukrainian Media Ecosystem

Leah Walker, Alexa Wehsener, Natalia Antonova

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Op-ed

Pentagon’s Office of Strategic Capital must win over Silicon Valley

Leah Walker and Alexa Wehsener

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Fact Sheet

DOD Establishes the Office of Strategic Capital

Strategic Balancing Initiative

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Cyber Resilience and Insurance Innovation

Blueprint for Ransomware Defense Webinar Series | Monica Shokrai, Davis Hake, Prashant Pai, and John Banghart

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Reports

To the Point of Failure: Identifying Failure Points for Crisis Communications Systems

Leah Walker, Alexa Wehsener

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To the Point of Failure: Identifying Failure Points for Crisis Communications Systems

Leah Walker, Alexa Wehsener

SUMMARY

Although most states agree that the need for nuclear risk reduction is more urgent than ever, the pathways to peace are elusive. Existing use of hotlines is wrought with political and technical failures. In some cases, nuclear weapons states may not even possess direct communication lines to their nuclear adversaries or allies. Geopolitical tensions are rising and could be exacerbated if the number of states possessing nuclear weapons or those existing under nuclear security umbrellas continue to grow.

Nuclear crisis communications and other diplomatic communication systems reduce nuclear risk by increasing transparency and predictability in state actions and intentions, while combating miscommunication. Failures in those communication systems can eliminate their ability to reduce risk, and may, in fact, increase the risk of war. This report assesses operational, adversarial, accidental, and institutional failure points in existing nuclear crisis communications. These existing points of failure are cemented by the increasing complexity of today’s strategic environment and the additional risks it creates for reliable crisis communication use.

  1. Operational Failures
  2. Adversarial Failures
  3. Accidental Failures
  4. Institutional Failures
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