Scott interviews Peter Van Buren to talk through the risk of a nuclear detonation related to the war in Ukraine. Both Scott and Van Buren think the use of nuclear weapons is unlikely, but they dig into the differences in their views of the situation. They also explore how a conventional escalation could play out. Lastly, they turn to North Korea where Van Buren sees the greatest chance of nuclear disaster originating.
Discussed on the show:
- “Nuclear Chicken Is Overrated” (The American Conservative)
- “Inside the U.S. Effort to Arm Ukraine” (The New Yorker)
- “NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard” (National Security Archive)
- Fail Safe (1964)
- “What Jefferson’s Critics Miss” (The American Conservative)
- “Who is Winning the War in Ukraine?” (The American Conservative)
Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and the novel Hooper’s War. He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine.
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