The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
The single story of the African contribution to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament not only dictates what is said about Africa, it also influences how we foresee African engagement with the nuclear conversation itself. This talk will delve into the implications of a single story, not only for discourse concerning African agency, but also for our collective thinking about the future of the global nuclear order.
Olamide Samuel is the Coordinator of SCRAP Weapons, overseeing the management of projects, research, campaigns, liaison, operations, and directing strategic outreach. The SCRAP project proposes General and Complete Disarmament as the goal of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation efforts, and works with International Organizations, Governments and Civil Society to advance this agenda.
He is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, where he teaches International Security, General Diplomatic Studies and Diplomatic Practice at the MA level, and engages in MA Theses Supervision.
Olamide earned a PhD in National Security Strategy from the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham (2019). He also earned an MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy from the same institution (2014). He earned his B.ILD degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Babcock University, Nigeria (2013).
He is the convener of the Global #FreezeWeapons Campaign and the President of the SOAS Pugwash Society, a member of the Scientific Committee at the Center for International Strategic Analyses (KEDISA), and a member of the security task force in the Vatican COVID-19 Commission created by Pope Francis.
His research interests include: Strategic Culture, emerging technology and strategic stability, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, National Security Strategy, and Multilateral Disarmament Diplomacy. He has held lectures and engaged in high-level panel discussions in various diplomatic and academic arenas.