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History of nuclear deterrence by Dominique Mongin

20 March 2023 | 6.30pm at the École militaire
IHEDN – Débats stratégiques – Dominique Mongin

On 20 March 2023, Dominique Mongin will put the history of nuclear armament into perspective and present his latest book " History of nuclear deterrence "which won the Edmond Fréville-Pierre Messmer 2022 prize from the Académie des sciences morales et politiques.

In the 21st century, the nuclear issuee In the 21st century, nuclear energy has become a key issue in international relations. This is borne out by the non-renewal of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by the United States and Russia, North Korea's ballistic launches, the acceleration of Iran's nuclear programme and Vladimir Putin's nuclear threats in the context of the war in Ukraine. In his book, Histoire de la dissuasion nucléaire (History of nuclear deterrence), Dominique Mongin presents the key players and the founding texts that help us to understand the development of nuclear deterrence from 1945 to the present day. Faced with the return of strategic competition and war in Europe, what is the future of the non-proliferation regime? Can we believe in international nuclear disarmament, as promoted by the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons signed in 2017 by 122 States?

Dominique Mongin holds a doctorate in history from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has published several reference works on the nuclear issue, including "La Bombe atomique française" (1997) and "Résistance et Dissuasion" (2018). He worked at the Ministry of the Armed Forces and the General Secretariat for Defence and National Security (SGDSN), before becoming rapporteur for the 2008 White Paper on Defence and National Security. He currently teaches at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO) and the École normale supérieure (ENS).

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