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The Global Nuclear Order working group presents its annual virtual conference.

The nuclear field is home to a litany of concepts and acronyms, from 'MAD' and 'sole purpose' to 'stigma/taboo' and 'responsibility'. Many of these concepts and acronyms are decades-old yet remain very much in use.

Do they need updating considering contemporary nuclear challenges and problems? How often do we, as scholars or practitioners, critically assess and reflect upon the core concepts of our field? Is it hard for new nuclear ideas and concepts to emerge and take hold? In our respective fields, how do we use history, technology and theories when we apply core concepts to our arguments and analysis of nuclear matters? How has a wider de-centring of international (and nuclear) politics challenged historical (yet still in use) core concepts?

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