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Book Launch | Tripolar Instability: Nuclear Competition Among the United States, Russia, and China

Robert Litwak’s new book, Tripolar Instability, examines how China's emergence as peer nuclear power and the new tripolar nuclear order are recasting risks from the Cold War. At the book launch, Robert Litwak discusses with David Sanger and Robin Quinville about how the risks of an emerging nuclear tripolarity can be managed amidst the Ukraine war and heightened tensions over Taiwan.

Date & Time

Jun. 27, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Tripolar Instability Book Cover


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


With China’s emergence as a peer nuclear power to the United States and Russia, the world is on the cusp of a tripolar nuclear order. Cold War risks are being dangerously recast. The nuclear “balance of terror,” which averted great-power conflict, is becoming less stable. The risk of nuclear war is the greatest since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Robert Litwak’s Tripolar Instability examines how these risks can be managed amidst the Ukraine war and heightened tensions over Taiwan.

Join the Wilson Center on June 27 for a conversation between the author and David Sanger. Free books will be available for signing after the event.


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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute works to ensure that China policy serves American long-term interests and is founded in understanding of historical and cultural factors in bilateral relations and in accurate assessment of the aspirations of China’s government and people.  Read more

Nuclear Proliferation International History Project

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is a global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history through archival documents, oral history interviews, and other empirical sources. At the Wilson Center, it is part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program.  Read more

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