Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



China's Strategy and US Nuclear Weapons

What should be U.S. strategic declaratory and employment policies to counter China's regional expansionism and growing nuclear, cyber, and space capabilities? An examination of different elements of China's strategy indicate an approach based on opaqueness rooted in Chinese tradition that emphasizes economic and political objectives with incremental expansionism at the conventional level. The careful strengthening of China's military capabilities is intended to counter and deter US forces while seeking to avoid a Soviet-style nuclear competition with the United States. Consequently, there is a limited role for US nuclear weapons except for alliance reassurance and with respect to Chinese threats or use of force against Taiwan.

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Insider Threats: A Worst Practices Guide to Preventing Leaks, Thefts, Attacks, and Sabotage

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Insider Threats: A Worst Practices Guide to Preventing Leaks, Thefts, Attacks, and Sabotage" on May 15, 2017, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Scott Sagan, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

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Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout

With its ballistic missile and nuclear tests, North Korea is on the verge of a strategic breakout that could directly threaten the U.S. homeland. In this presentation, Robert Litwak argues that the United States should pivot to serious diplomacy through a strategy of coercive engagement. A new conjunction of factors creates an opportunity to constrain the North’s capabilities through a freeze agreement—one that, in the near term, optimizes the interests among all the major parties.

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Making Democracy Harder to Hack

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Making Democracy Harder to Hack" on April 3, 2017, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Dr. Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor at Indiana University.

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Safety, Security, and the Promise of Emerging Bioscience

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Safety, Security, and the Promise of Emerging Bioscience" on February 23, 2017, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Dr. Gigi Gronvall, a senior associate at John Hopkins Center for Health Security.

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Commercial Space and the Future of National Defense

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Commercial Space and the Future of National Defense" on March 2, 2017, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Carissa Christensen, chief executive officer of Bryce Space and Technology, LLC.

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Between Rhetoric and Reality: Evolving Cybersecurity Governance at the United Nations

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk entitled “Between Rhetoric and Reality: Evolving Cybersecurity Governance at the United Nations” by Dr. Elaine Korzak on Feb. 14, 2017.

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Complexity and Security - An Essential Connection, A Lacuna of Understanding

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk entitled “Complexity and Security - An Essential Connection, A Lacuna of Understanding” by Dr. Herb Lin on Jan. 5, 2017.

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Asia’s Complex Nuclear Geometry

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Asia's Complex Nuclear Geometry" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Chris Twomey on Sept. 22, 2016.

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Missile Defense: Shifting Strategic Landscape & Implications for Policy, Technology & Capabilities

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "U.S. Missile Defense: Shifting Strategic Landscape and Implications for Policy, Technology and Capabilities" on Sept. 20, 2016, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Peppino DeBiaso.

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Clandestine Capabilities and Deterrence in World Politics

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Clandestine Capabilities and Deterrence in World Politics" on Aug. 8 2016, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Austin Long is an Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University.

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ISIS, the Middle East, and US Policy: Regional Reflections Since the Arab Spring?

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "ISIS, the Middle East, and US Policy: Regional Reflections Since the Arab Spring?" on July 6, 2016, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Emile Nakhleh was a Senior Intelligence Service officer and Director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Research Professor and Coordinator of National Security Programs at the University of New Mexico.

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Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age" on Aug. 10, 2016 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Gregory D. Koblentz, an associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government and Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at George Mason University.

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The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century" on May 19, 2016, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Research.

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Can India Become A Leading Power?

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Can India Become A Leading Power?" on May 11, 2016 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Dr. Ashley Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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New Middle East Cold War

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "The New Middle East Cold War" on April 11, 2016, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Dr. F. Gregory Gause of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

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Russian Views on Strategic Deterrence

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Russian Views on Strategic Deterrence" on Feb. 10, 2016, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Kristin Ven Bruusgaard.

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Redefining the U.S. Agenda for Nuclear Disarmament

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Redefining the U.S. Agenda for Nuclear Disarmament " on April 28, 2016, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Lewis A. Dunn.

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The Prague Agenda after the Iran Deal

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "The Prague Agenda after the Iran Deal" on Dec. 11, 2015, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Gary S. Samore, who served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

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History and the Unanswered Questions of the Nuclear Age

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "History and the Unanswered Questions of the Nuclear Age " on Jan. 25, 2016, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Francis J. Gavin, professor of Political Science at MIT.

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Botching the Bomb: The Self-Defeating Behaviors of Proliferant States

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Botching the Bomb: The Self-Defeating Behaviors of Proliferant States" on Dec. 16, 2015, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Jacques E.C. Hymans, associate professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California.

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U.S.-Russia Relations and the Future of Arms Control

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "U.S.-Russia Relations and the Future of Arms Control " on Dec. 4, 2015, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Ambassador Steven K. Pifer.

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A Conversation with Director Emeritus Michael M. May, on the occasion of his 90th Birthday

To mark this significant milestone, CGSR has organized an event to engage Dr. May in a broad conversation about changes in the security environment, elements of continuity and change in U.S. nuclear policy, and their implications for the laboratory.

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Strategic Stability in South Asia: Recent Developments

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Strategic Stability in South Asia: Recent Developments" on July 14, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Brig. Gen. Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd) and Monika Chansoria.

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Threating Proliferation: The Goldilocks Principle of Cutting Nuclear Deals

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Threating Proliferation: The Goldilocks Principle of Cutting Nuclear Deals" on Sept. 22, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Tristan Volpe, a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow and an Associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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U.S.-Russia Relations in a Time of Confrontation

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "U.S.-Russia Relations in a Time of Confrontation" on July 7, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Ambassador Linton Brooks.

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Nuclear-Backed 'Little Green Men:' Nuclear Messaging in the Ukraine Crisis

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled “Nuclear-Backed 'Little Green Men:' Nuclear Messaging in the Ukraine Crisis” on Aug. 28, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Jacek Durkalec, manager of the Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Project at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM).

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Biotechnology and Bioterrorism: Re-Conceptualizing Bioweapons Threats

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled “Biotechnology and Bioterrorism: Re-Conceptualizing Bioweapons Threats” on Sept. 4, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Kathleen Vogel, associate professor at North Carolina State University.

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Nuclear Deterrence Strategies of Regional Powers

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled “Nuclear Deterrence Strategies of Regional Powers” on April 16, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Vipin Narang of MIT.

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Extended Deterrence and the Australia-US Alliance: Beyond Abstract Reassurance?

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Extended Deterrence and the Australia-US Alliance: Beyond Abstract Reassurance?" on July 13, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Andrew O’Neil, professor and head of the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

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Cybersecurity metaphors: How they shape policy, research and national security

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "Cybersecurity Metaphors: How They Shape National Cyber Policy, Technical Research and the Future of US National Security" on March 16, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Jesse Goldhammer, associate dean of business development and strategic planning at UC Berkeley’s School of Information (I School).

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Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Prospects for a Deal & Implications for Proliferation

As part of the ongoing Nuclear Crossroads Initiative, the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk by Robert Einhorn, entitled “The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Prospects for a Deal and Implications for Proliferation in the Middle East,” on May 18, 2015, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Balancing Without Containment—Dealing with China as an Emerging Challenger

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk by Ashley J. Tellis, entitled “Balancing Without Containment—Dealing with China as an Emerging Challenger” on April 22, 2015, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Strategic Conflict in the 21st Century: Theories of Victory, Red and Blue

As part of the ongoing Nuclear Crossroads Initiative, the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk by Brad Roberts, entitled “Strategic Conflict in the 21st Century: Theories of Victory, Red and Blue” on May 21, 2015, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Deterrence and Arms Control in a Second Conventional Age

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk by Christine Leah, entitled “Deterrence and Arms Control in a Second Conventional Age” on April 2, 2015, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Nuclear Weapons Policy and Programs: The Role of Congress

As part of the Nuclear Crossroads Initiative, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk entitled "Nuclear Weapons Policy and Programs: The Role of Congress" by Amy F. Woolf from the Congressional Research Service.

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Regional Nuclear Powers: Deterrence Strategies, Escalation Pathways & Best U.S. Responses?

As part of the Nuclear Crossroads Initiative, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk entitled "Regional Nuclear Powers: Deterrence Strategies, Escalation Pathways and Best U.S. Responses" by Jasen J. Castillo, associate professor at Texas A&M University's George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service.

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The US and Iran: Conciliation or Confrontation?

As part of the ongoing Nuclear Crossroads Initiative, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk entitled “The US and Iran: Conciliation or Confrontation?” by Karim Sadjadpour, senior associate in the Middle East Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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The Future of Deterrence in Asia and its Implications for U.S. Force Structure

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk entitled “The Future of Deterrence in Asia and its Implications for U.S. Force Structure” by Elbridge Colby, fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

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A Covenant Sans Sword: Challenges to India's Nuclear Doctrine

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this talk entitled “A Covenant Sans Sword: Challenges to India's Nuclear Doctrine” by Retired Indian Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar.

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What Matters in the Iran Nuclear Negotiations

To date, the nuclear negotiations with Iran have focused on limiting activities at declared facilities, e.g. uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom and a heavy water reactor at Arak.

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Conventional War and Nuclear Escalation

A project of the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR), the Nuclear Crossroads Initiative brings the laboratory, academic, and policy communities together to address the most pressing issues at the intersection of nuclear deterrence and proliferation in the 21st century.

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Conventional Prompt Global Strike: Critical Capability or a Missile in Search of a Mission?

Mr. James M. Acton of Carnegie Endowment delivers the lecture "Conventional Prompt Global Strike: Critical Capability or a Missile in Search of a Mission" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research.

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Nuclear Superiority and Nuclear Crisis Outcomes

Matthew Kroenig of Georgetown University and Brent Scowcroft Center deliver the lecture "Nuclear superiority and nuclear crisis outcomes" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research.

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Pakistan: Living with Nuclear Weapons

Feroz Khan of the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Post Graduate School and Monsoor Ahmed, lecturer in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Quaid-i-Azam University, deliver the lecture "Pakistan: Living with nuclear weapons" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Security Research.

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