Centre interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux stratégiques (CIENS)

Conference by Mariana Budjeryn at CIENS on March 19

On Tuesday March 19, 5pm-7pm, as part of the “Trajectoires nucléaires européennes” research seminar, in the Salle Lettres 1 on the 2nd floor of 45 rue d’Ulm, CIENS invites American-Ukrainian historian Mariana Budjeryn, researcher at Harvard University, to talk about her book Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023.

This event is open to all subject to registration here.

Book summary:

The collapse of the Soviet Union unleashed the spectre of the greatest wave of nuclear proliferation in history. Why has Ukraine finally chosen the path of nuclear disarmament?

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left some 30,000 nuclear weapons scattered across the territories of four new sovereign states: Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. This collapse threw the world into deep uncertainty about the world’s most lethal arsenal of weapons ever created. In Inheriting the Bomb, Mariana Budjeryn re-examines the history of the nuclear difficulties caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent nuclear disarmament of the non-Russian Soviet states that succeeded the Soviet Union.

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