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Nuclear Disarmament

The Historic UN Vote On Banning Nuclear Weapons

Joe Cirincione | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

History was made at the United Nations today. For the first time in its 71 years, the global body voted to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Standoff

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Values the size of Planet Earth are at stake, as the American presidential election grows ever smaller, ever pettier, ever more certain that rancor tr...

6 Nobel Laureates: End the Nuclear Insanity

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 10.14.2016 | Home
José Ramos-Horta

The nuclear powers have not kept their part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty bargain. While the US and Russia have dismantled many of their nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War, they retain thousands of them, enough to destroy the world many times over.

Why Gen-Z should care about CTBT

Michael Møller | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Michael Møller

On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a call to Gen-Z to put nuclear disarmament on the radar As with all generati...

Isn't It Time to Ban the Bomb?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Although the mass media failed to report it, a landmark event occurred recently in connection with resolving the long-discussed problem of what to do ...

Remembering Hiroshima And The Presidential Election

Vincent Intondi | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

As citizens are waking up and rejecting Trump's message of hate, this election has also forced Americans to open their eyes and begin to think about the importance of nuclear disarmament.

Nuclear Weapons Are The Most Consequential Threat America Faces

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home
Lee H. Hamilton

During the Cold War, we relied on the doctrine of "mutually assured destruction." We believed that neither the United States nor the Soviet Union would launch an attack because it would produce massive and destructive retaliation. But the world has changed, and we are in a high-risk era when the presence of nuclear weapons raises the stakes for global conflict, accidents and terrorism.

Nukes, Gaps, and International Law - Clearing Metaphorical Entanglements

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Nobuo Hayashi

Twenty years ago next week, on 8 July 1996, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion regarding nuclear weapons. In a decision that split its fourteen-member bench, the court found, with the president's casting vote:

June 12, 1982 and Obama's Trip to Hiroshima

Vincent Intondi | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

Leading up to President Obama's historic trip, I was asked by a reporter when he decided to visit Hiroshima? I responded: "June 12, 1982." On that da...

Obama's Nuclear Paradox

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

Of all the accomplishments and disappointments of the Obama presidency, his nuclear weapons policy is the greatest. Yes, you read that correctly. Obama's approach to nukes will be his most significant legacy as well as his most salient failure.

The Trillion Dollar Question Nobody Is Asking the Presidential Candidates

The Conversation US | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

As it seeks to modernize its nuclear arsenal, the United States faces a big choice, one which Barack Obama should ponder before his upcoming Hiroshima speech. Should we spend a trillion dollars to replace each of our thousands of nuclear warheads with a more sophisticated substitute attached to a more lethal delivery system?

In Hiroshima President Obama Can Help Save History

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

President Obama is going to Hiroshima. He could start to save history during his historic visit. Nuclear weapons disarmament commitments and aspirat...

It Is Time To Engage In Nuclear Disarmament, President Obama

Paul Quilès | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
Paul Quilès

As the first US president to visit Hiroshima, ground zero, you will make history for your nation. But you will also make history for humanity.

Guns and Bombs - America's Shame, Then and Now

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The scale of risk is quite different from home to planet, but the frame of mind is identical. A safer home is an armed home. A safer world is an armed world. Neither assertion is true. In both cases, tragic collateral damage is inevitable - a question of when, not if.

The First Sitting U.S. President To Visit Hiroshima

Ben Rhodes | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Ben Rhodes

There has been intense interest on both sides of the Pacific in the possibility of a presidential visit to Hiroshima  --  the first by a sitting U.S. President  --  so I wanted to share some details on what the purpose of the visit is, and what the President will do.

Obama's Last Nuclear Security Summit and a New Movement for Nuclear Disarmament

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb destroying the city of Hiroshima. Four years later, the Soviet Union developed its ...

No, Hillary Clinton Is Not Worse Than Donald Trump

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

Tell my undocumented student from Florida who now calls me with anxiety and panic over what will happen to her if Trump is elected, it won't be that bad.

History Has Knocked Very Loudly on Our Door. Will We Answer?

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 03.18.2017 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

We may all be doing our best but, as Winston Churchill said: "In a crisis, it is not enough to do our best -- we have to do what is necessary."

Concepcion Picciotto Died. You Know Where She Stood, Even If You Don't Know Her Name.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concepcion Picciotto died Monday. You might not recognize her name, but if you've spent any time in Washington, D.C., you know who she w...

The Paradox Of Supporting Obama And Nuclear Disarmament

Vincent Intondi | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

As I listened to the President deliver a vintage Obama speech, I realized I was holding an article from the New York Times about Obama's plan to build/modernize (you choose the word) smaller, sleeker nuclear weapons.

'Modernizing' the Opportunities for Nuclear War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

Taking on the Nuclear Goliath

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The cause of global nuclear disarmament, once a dream with geopolitical cred, may wind up entombed in eternal apathy. As Carroll put it: "Nuclear abolition itself is being abolished." But I refuse to believe that. What I do believe is that change of such magnitude simply cannot emerge from the actions of top-down leadership.

The Climate-Nuclear Nexus: Two Key Threats Endangering Future Generations

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 12.03.2016 | Home
Jakob von Uexkull

Considering that climate change can exacerbate a range of interconnected transnational threats and crises that our generation faces today, such as extreme poverty, hunger, violent conflicts and pandemic disease, meaningful action is urgently needed.

Eliminating v. Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons? Debunking a False Dilemma

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 11.06.2016 | Home
Nobuo Hayashi

History shows that doing the right thing is never about just doing it. It takes acceptance of its consequences and a readiness to address them. Shying away from these tasks is not pragmatism. It is called cowardice.

Converging Crises and Opportunities

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 10.30.2016 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

On a ruined planet there can be no development or justice, peace or security, functioning economies, markets or states. Can we mature into responsible global citizens fast enough and stop living at the expense of our children and all future generations of life?