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GUST Hosts Lecture Speculating on World Nuclear Developments

24 March 2019 to 11 April 2019

Gulf University for Science and Technology’s (GUST) Global Studies Center (GSC) hosted a lecture on its campus led by Mr. Benoît Pelopidas, Junior Chair of Excellence in Security Studies at Sciences Po in Paris. The lecture was under the headline “Scoping Future Nuclear Worlds.”

Pelopidas is also an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, and is a visiting fellow with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. He shed light on a number of topics including the issue of the common policy approach of "managing a stable nuclear world", and highlighted the changes it is blind to. He also presented a strong case on why upcoming developments would probably surprise the general public, and then went on to use archival material and cutting-edge research to analyze how the boundaries of possible nuclear futures are decided.

Pelopidas focused on the construction of confidence in the validity, acceptability, and sufficiency of the existing knowledge about nuclear weapons, and their ethical and political implications. Empirically, his focus is on nuclear “close calls” and French nuclear history. He edited a volume on the experience of the so called ‘Cuban missile crisis’ and the lessons learned from it. His latest essay on self-censorship in nuclear security studies will be published in the Journal of Global Security Studies.

Director of the Global Studies Center, Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait, said, “All too often in this part of the world, we sometimes feel disconnected from some of the realities and dangers facing countries in other corners of the globe. I hope that after this discussion, those who attended will begin to think more critically, and walk away more aware of geopolitical changes happening around us.”

With this lecture, GUST continues to build on its mission to become a knowledge-hub that benefits and engages students, academics, and the wider community in Kuwait. Previous events hosted by the GSC include a discussion to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation, sponsored by the US Embassy in Kuwait; a lecture by Dr. Peter Sluglett, an expert on Middle Eastern history and Director of the Middle East Institute at NUS, entitled: “An Improvement on Colonialism? The ‘A’ Mandates and their Legacy in the Middle East”; and one by Dr. Daniel Brumberg, the Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs, on US-Arab Relations in a Time of Crisis. Further information on past and upcoming lecture and events can be found on: https://gsc.gust.edu.kw/workshops.