In light of the escalating war following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the geopolitical tensions involving nuclear powers will continue to rise throughout 2022. At the same time, multilateral institutions tasked with managing conflict- related risks, appear weak, at a time when they are most needed.
Despite these challenges, multilateral institutions continue to play significant – if often under-appreciated roles – in addressing conflicts involving nuclear-armed powers. These include:
- Providing frameworks for cooperative counter-proliferation efforts
- Limiting risks of armed conflict involving nuclear-armed states
- Mediating “second order” conflicts involving nuclear powers
In this briefing, Richard Gowan from the International Crisis Group, guides us through the current situation and main factors affecting nuclear and multilateral security of 2022.