Benoît Pelopidas


Benoît Pelopidas is a lecturer (assistant professor with tenure) in international relations at the University of Bristol (Global Insecurities Center) and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He has been awarded two international prizes for his research, from the International Studies Association and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. His research focuses on the global politics of nuclear vulnerability, cases of near-use of nuclear weapons, and lessons learned from global nuclear history and French nuclear policies. His is currently completing an edited volume on the experience of the Cuban missile crisis worldwide as an early set of experiences of global nuclear vulnerability and its implications for security, responsibility, and alliance dynamics.

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Challenging the Assumptions of Classical Nuclear Deterrence Theory: The War That Must Never Be Fought

by James Goodby, Benoît Pelopidas, Steven Pifervia Analysis
Thursday, March 12, 2015

The first three chapters of this book ask whether the conventional wisdom regarding deterrence based on the threat of a nuclear attack remains valid in present geopolitical circumstances, especially from an American point of view.  The authors build a case for challenging the status quo.