Did Ukraine Make a Mistake by Giving Up Nuclear Weapons?

Special Episode

A special episode of AT THE BRINK

In the 90s, Ukraine made the decision to dismantle the thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons left on its territory. Nearly 3 decades later, Russia has invaded Ukraine using its own nuclear arsenal to bully other nations from interceding. In this special episode of AT THE BRINK, we explore whether Ukrainian denuclearization was a fateful mistake and if a nuclear Ukraine could have prevented the Russian invasion.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

25th U.S. Secretary of Defense; 31st U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense; Director, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School


Maria Rost Rublee

Associate professor of international relations at Monash University, with expertise in nuclear politics. Author, “Fantasy Counterfactual: A Nuclear Armed Ukraine” 

Twitter: @mariarostrublee


Mariana Budjeryn

Researcher on the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. Native of Lviv, Ukraine. Author, “Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine

Twitter: @mbudjeryn