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Politics/International Relations: Can We Control Nuclear Weapons? – University Tutorial With Dr Tom Vaughan From Aberystwyth University

February 28 @ 13:00 - 13:45

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In this live interactive tutorial, designed for Politics and Geography students, we will be joined by Dr Tom Vaughan, Lecturer in Strategy and Intelligence in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, who will present Can We Control Nuclear Weapons?


The Ukraine conflict has been a stark reminder that nuclear weapons are still relevant in world politics. Russia’s nuclear threats have sparked fresh conversations about the risk of nuclear conflict and the role that nuclear weapons play for states and their security in the 21st century.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll investigate the historic role of nuclear weapons in preserving or threatening peace, nuclear ‘near misses’, and the dangers that nuclear weapons still pose today.

We’ll question whether nuclear weapons are still useful or necessary, and whether nuclear disarmament can ever be feasible. 

A level Syllabus Themes: Global governance; International Organizations; contemporary global issues (conflict).


The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided in the Headliner recorded resource below. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.



The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Tom Vaughan


As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying Politics, International Relations and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider the ideas and questions introduced in advance of the live session.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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February 28
13:00 - 13:45
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