At a time when all states with nuclear weapons are launching multi-decade programs to “modernize” their arsenal, it is important to recognize that our societies’ knowledge about nuclear weaponry is very poor.
This poor knowledge, according to Benoît Pélopidas, is the result of three phenomena:
Holding a chair of excellence from Sorbonne Paris Cité, Benoît Pélopidas intends to study this issue, focusing on the knowledge (and lack thereof!) of populations and political and military elites.
Beyond its research goals, this project seeks to contribute to a more informed public debate. Are there alternatives to plans to modernize nuclear arsenals? What fears about these weapons are warranted at a time when the Trump presidency is raising concerns?
Read the first publication from this research program:
Nuclear Weapons Scholarship as a Case of Self-Censorship in Security Studies, Benoît Pélopidas, Journal of Global Security Studies, December 2016.