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What are modern nuclear weapons? How much do they cost? And who, or what, pays for them?
For the first time in maybe 30 years nuclear weapons and nuclear war has made its way to the general public debate. Russias war on Ukraine has had, and will continue to have, a dramatic impact on international relations and international security. Nuclear weapons are again discussed as part of military strategy, their effectiveness, and their role in modern warfare. Putins nuclear threats have revealed the lack of progress in securing nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists kept the historical Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight in 2022. We have not been closer to nuclear war in 75 years.
The Norwegian Peace Council and ICAN Norway invited two leading experts on the big business of nuclear weapons, Matt Korda and Susi Snyder.
MATT KORDA is a Senior Research Associate and Project Manager for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), where he co-authors the Nuclear Notebook. Korda is also an Associate Researcher with the Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
SUSI SNYDER is the financial sector coordinator at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Snyder is an expert on nuclear weapons, with over two decades experience working at the intersection between nuclear weapons and human rights. Snyder coordinates the Don’t Bank on the Bomb project and facilitates engagement with and by the financial sector on nuclear weapons related issues.
ODA ANDERSEN NYBORG, the Norwegian Peace Councils general manager, moderated the conversation.