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Nuclear War

Nuclear Weapons Are The Most Consequential Threat America Faces

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
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.

What's At Stake

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

In the historic port city of Yalta, located on the Crimean Peninsula, we visited the site where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, in February of 1945, concluded negotiations ending World War II.

The Doomsday Clock

Noam Chomsky | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

American citizens face an enormous responsibility right at home. The undermining of functioning democracy is one of the contributions of the neoliberal assault on the world's population in the past generation. In Europe, the impact may be even worse.

On Nuclear Dangers, Hillary Should Beat Trump Hands Down

William Hartung | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

There are no "do-overs" when it comes to nuclear diplomacy. Loose nuclear threats can spark unpredictable reactions, including nuclear buildups on the part of states that feel threatened by them.

Three Minutes to Nuclear Midnight

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Jonathan Marshall

The consequences of an accidental nuclear war would be staggering. Thousands of U.S. and Russian warheads, some of them orders of magnitude larger than the one that wiped out Hiroshima, are primed for launch on warning.

Obama Visits Hiroshima Amid Growing Risk of Nuclear War With China

Gregory Kulacki | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Gregory Kulacki

Unfortunately, as the president ponders the past, his policies are increasing the risk that nuclear weapons may be used again in the future.

Avoid War and Don't Get Complacent About Liberty in America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

So far, technology and science have not given us the hope that they will stop war. We must therefore be on our guard not to incite war--and not to pick leaders that have a propensity to lead us into armed conflict.

Nuclear Weapons Are Scary -- But We Can Do Something About Them

Susi Snyder | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Susi Snyder

We know that nuclear weapons are scary, but we must be much louder in defining them as unacceptable, as illegitimate. By following the money, we can cut it off, and while this isn't the only thing necessary to make nuclear weapons extinct, it will help.

Passing the Nuclear Baton

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama got us moving in the right direction, but when you are fleeing a forest fire, it is not just a question of direction but also of speed. Can we get to safety before catastrophe engulfs us?

Climate Change for the Impatient: A Nuclear Mini Ice Age

Max Tegmark | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
Max Tegmark

There's an eerie silence about the other major climate change threat, which might lower Earth's average surface temperature by 7°C: a decade-long mini ice age caused by a U.S.-Russia nuclear war.

Weekend Roundup: Chernobyl Remains a Warning Against a New Nuclear Arms Race

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. More than an accident, it was the beginning of the meltdown of the Soviet Union and defrosting of the Cold War. Mikhail Gorbachev has written that Chernobyl "was an historic turning point" and "perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later." The secretive, cover-up culture of the Soviet state, he recalls, kept timely information from getting to the top so a quick response could be formulated. "The Chernobyl disaster, more than anything else," says Gorbachev, "opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue. It made absolutely clear how important it was to continue the policy of glasnost."(continued)

I'm With Stupid: Arby's Assault a Sign of No-Bacon Apocalypse

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.25.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

So with the New York primaries over and the resounding victories for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it's looking more and more as if that will...

Nuclear Genies Flying Out of the Bottle ?

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

War makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all of the allied air forces in the Second World War.

The Globalization of War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To use a term that has become commonplace in our world when discussing commerce, the prospect of nuclear conflict has globalized war and it's a nightmare of the first order.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Dilip Hiro | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Dilip Hiro

Alarmingly, the nuclear competition between India and Pakistan has now entered a spine-chilling phase. That danger stems from Islamabad's decision to deploy low-yield tactical nuclear arms at its forward operating military bases along its entire frontier with India.

Obama Still Has Time to Leave a Legacy of Nuclear Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Joe Cirincione

The good news is that world leaders are gathering again in Washington to announce new measures to stop terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. The bad news is that for all their success, these summits are not moving fast enough.

The Top 10 Reasons to Reduce the Risk of Accidental Nuclear War

Max Tegmark | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Max Tegmark

A robust defense against terrorism and belligerent adversaries is clearly crucial, but U.S. military strategy can't afford to be soft against the greatest threat of all: accidental nuclear war.

'Modernizing' the Opportunities for Nuclear War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.18.2016 | 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.

You Can Make Nuclear Weapons Safer Just By Talking About Them

Ariel Conn | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Ariel Conn

After the December 15 Republican debate, Donald Trump caught some flack for not seeming to know what the nuclear triad is. But how familiar are most people with what the nuclear triad involves?

A New Arms Race Threatens to Bring the U.S. and Russia Back to the Nuclear Brink

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Joe Cirincione

The Russians are building new nuclear-armed missiles, bombers and submarines to replace those built in the 1980s and now reaching the end of their operational lives. Their nuclear torpedo, more of an underwater drone, deliberately seeks to turn a city into a radioactive wasteland that would last for decades. It is a throwback to the worse designs of the Cold War, long since abandoned. And the U.S. is rearming as well. The Obama administration is planning to spend over $1 trillion in the next 30 years on an entire new generation of nuclear bombs, bombers, missiles and submarines to replace those built during the Reagan years.

U.S. Came Shockingly Close To Nuclear War In 1983, New Documents Show

The New York Times | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

In December 1988, Jörg Winger was a West German Army radio operator eavesdropping on Soviet military channels when he overheard a startling message: ...

White House vs. White Tent

Zita Luiten | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Zita Luiten

Connie Picciotto, also known as Conchita, or fully, Concepcion, is a face not to miss when visiting the White House. It was a misty day, it was raining, but we didn't care, because we were in Washington!

What You Should Really Be Scared of on Halloween: A Horror Story

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Meia Chita-Tegmark

The chilling thought of how close we humans were to destroying everything we cherish makes this the scariest Halloween story.

Privatizing the Apocalypse

Jonathan Alan King | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Alan King

Nuclear weapons have been in the headlines for years and yet all attention in this period has been focused on Iran. Almost never in the news, on the other hand, are the perfectly real arsenals that could actually wreak havoc on the planet, especially our own.

'Secrets of State' A Conversation with Matthew Palmer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.25.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Matthew Palmer is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Having been at ground zero for many pressing global issues from Kosovo to Africa, he has extensive knowledge of international crises.