Nuclear deterrence and the new geopolitics

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Nuclear deterrence and the new geopolitics

Charles Richard, Philip B. K. Potter (moderator)

Thursday, November 02, 2023
1:00PM - 2:00PM (EDT)
Event Details



Admiral Charles Richard, the former Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, joins Miller Center Senior Faculty Fellow and Director of the National Security Policy Center Philip Potter to discuss nuclear strategic deterrence in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the rise of China, and the particular risks associated with conflicts involving an authoritarian state. What is the state of U.S. readiness? How can we best prepare for and avoid a potential nuclear threat?

Thursday, November 02, 2023
1:00PM - 2:00PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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Charles Richard

USN Admiral (Retired) Charles A. (Chas) Richard is a Miller Center James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor, having completed a distinguished career of more than 41 years in service to the nation. His final assignment was as commander of U.S. Strategic Command from November 2019 to December 2022, where he oversaw the global command and control of all the nation’s nuclear forces to achieve the national security objective of strategic deterrence. Richard also has a unique breadth and depth of operational and policy experience in undersea and strategic warfare. He graduated with honors from the University of Alabama and earned master's degrees with honors from the Catholic University of America and the Naval War College.

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Philip B. K. Potter (moderator)

Philip B. K. Potter, a Miller Center faculty senior fellow, is an associate professor of politics and founding director of the National Security Policy Center in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is also a university expert with the National Ground Intelligence Center, U.S. Army INSCOM. Potter has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics and the Journal of Global Security Studies and is an associate principal investigator for Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS). Potter has been a fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania.