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Global Insights: The Future of Peace and Conflict: Nuclear Arms, Space and Killer Robots
This panel will consider developments in arms and autonomous systems, and what this means for the prospects of global peace and stability.

About this Event

From the invention of the machine-gun, to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, to the use of armed drones, technological advances in war craft have transformed geopolitical rivalries and the great power relations in international affairs. Today, experts believe we are sitting on the cusp of new and revolutionary forms of conflict and weaponry that shift our focus from the battlefields and borders of states, upwards to space, and downwards into the data of digital and quantum worlds. As humans become more reliant on semi-autonomous or autonomous systems, will war become easier or more difficult to control and prevent? How will war transform, and will it remain an extension of ‘politics by other means?’ As we consider what these developments will mean for the prospects of global peace and stability, this Global Insights panel anticipates and debates ‘The Future of Peace and Conflict: Nuclear Arms, Space and Killer Robots’.


Melissa Hanham, Deputy Director, Open Nuclear Network

Audrey Kurth Cronin, Director of the Center for Security Innovation and New Technology, American University

Branka Marijan, Senior Researcher, Project Ploughshares

Jessica West, Senior Researcher, Project Ploughshares

Moderated by Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs