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Russia’s Nuclear Doctrine

September 18, 2022

Episode Notes:

After the Russian military collapse in and around Kharkiv Oblast, there is now renewed concern that Russian leaders could behave unpredictably and use nuclear weapons to halt the Ukrainian offensive, or to intimidate the leadership in Kyiv to settle the conflict on terms favorable to Moscow. Dr. Anya Fink, a research scientist with CNA's Russia studies program, joins the Warcast to discuss Russian nuclear doctrine.

[:43] The role of nuclear weapons

[2:54] Russian doctrinal thinking 

[8:04] Scenarios for Russian nuclear use

[10:14] Signs of potential nuclear use

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