Today’s Nuclear Discourse and Unclear Politics

In 2022, amidst a tense public debate, nuclear threats, heightened tensions and an increased risk of nuclear conflict, the TPNW shaped and guided a global and unequivocal no to nuclear weapons.

After Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, shielded by nuclear threats, it is no longer possible to hide the existential danger nuclear weapons pose to our societies. 

Against this dark backdrop, civil society, states and people everywhere have worked to delegitimize and stigmatize nuclear threats. In this session, we will learn about the terrible consequences of nuclear threats and nuclear deterrence, experienced most significantly by Ukranians during the past year. 

We will explore how civil society and academia act within the public debate altered by growing nuclear tensions, and look at how the TPNW works to delegitimize and stigmatize nuclear weapons and thereby helped shape the global response to the Invasion of Ukraine.



Yelyzaveta Khodorovska


Yelyzaveta Khodorovska is currently completing her BA degree in International Relations department at Odesa National University, Ukraine.



Gabriella Irsten


Gabriella Irsten is the Head of sustainable peace and human security at the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society.



Franziska Stärk


Franziska Stärk is a researcher in the Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Program at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH).



Florian Eblenkamp


Florian Eblenkamp supports ICANs work in Nuclear Umbrella states and works with Partners across the world.