Geopolitics: the issues with Nuclear Weapons (Geopolitical Lectures Series)

Category: Alumni Events
9 November 2020
18.30 - 22.30
Campus Brussels

It dates from 1953 that the Doomsday Clock was so near to 12h00 : two to twelve. Prof. Tom Sauer will explain in the session the direction of nuclear weapon proliferation in 2020.

North Korea is part of the nuclear club. Almost every month, President Trump delegates a weapon non- proliferation treaty to the rubbish bin : the Iran agreement, the INF treaty, the Arms Trade Treaty,…. A tiny spec of light is the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons negotiated in 2017 and signed by 122 countries. However,r the nuclear powers and their allies amongst which Belgium are not impressed and are modernizing their arsenal.


6.30 PM: Welcome
7.00 PM: Start of the session
9.00 PM: Networking


Tom Sauer is Associate Professor in International Politics at the Department of Politics at the Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium). His main research interests are arms control, proliferation, and disarmament.

His latest book is titled 'Nuclear Terrorism. Countering the Threat (Routledge, 2016)'. Earlier, he published ‘Eliminating nuclear weapons: The role of missile defense’ (Hurst & Co/Columbia University Press, 2011), ‘Nuclear Inertia’ (I.B.Tauris, 2005) and ‘Nuclear Arms Control’ (Macmillan, 1998). Sauer has published articles in International Security, Journal of Strategic Affairs, European Security, Defense and Security Analysis, Third World Quarterly, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and many more.

He was a Research Fellow at the International Security Program at BCSIA at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. He was awarded an Individual NATO Scholarship, and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Tom Sauer is member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and International Affairs.   


This event is part of our Geopolitical Lectures Series. Discover the full programme of this series here.


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