Too close for comfort. Cases of near nuclear use and options for policy

Benoit Pelopidas, Heather Williams, Patricia Lewis, Sasan Aghlani

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Nuclear weapons have not been detonated in violent
conflict since 1945. The decades since then are commonly
perceived – particularly in those countries that possess
nuclear weapons – as an era of successful nuclear non-use
and a vindication of the framework of nuclear deterrence.
Yet the decades since 1945 have been punctuated by a series of disturbing
close calls. Evidence from many declassified documents,
testimonies and interviews suggests that the world has,
indeed, been lucky, given the number of instances in which
nuclear weapons were nearly used inadvertently as a result
of miscalculation or error.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherChatham House
Commissioning bodyChatham House
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2014

Bibliographical note

Please click the lick below to the Guardian article on the report

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristol
  • nuclear weapons policy
  • nuclear security


  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear security
  • close calls
  • near misses

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