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Disarmament

Taking Action to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Jody Williams | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Jody Williams

With decades of research behind us, we now know that there are long-term environmental, developmental and health consequences to nuclear weapons as well.

Iran and Why Right-wing Cynics Don't Matter

Trooper Sanders | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Trooper Sanders

History bends to the will of farsighted, strong leaders, not passive, sniping cynics. And eventually so will Iran. So stand aside cynics, there is a long road ahead and much work to be done.

U.S. Record on Chemical Weapons Weakens Standing in Challenging Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

U.S. policy regarding chemical weapons has been so inconsistent and politicized that the United States is in no position to take leadership in a military response to any use of such weaponry by Syria.

Bomblets of Death in Syria

Mary Wareham | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Mary Wareham

In the aftermath of the Syrian government's cluster bomb attacks, there have been further casualties, particularly from bomblets that didn't detonate during the attack but exploded later when handled.

The Problem of Syria -- and a Solution

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

If the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people that is a real problem -- not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law. But will the U.S. lobbing cruise missiles into Syria provide a solution to the problem?

Killer Robots and the Rule of Law

A View from the United Nations | Posted 09.14.2013 | World
A View from the United Nations

By Angela Kane United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs A new type of arms race is underway and its outcome will shape the future o...

Gun Control? We Need Domestic Disarmament

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

A true liberal position, the place to start, is to call for domestic disarmament. That is the banning of the sale of all guns to private parties coupled with a buyback of those on the street.

Gun Control and Arms Control

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Preventing or restraining armed aggression needs to be tackled not only by arms control and disarmament, but by just and effective governance on the local, national, and international levels.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: What We Must Never Lose Sight Of 50 Years Later

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.30.2012 | Fifty
Hoyt Hilsman

Fifty years ago this week, much changed for me, my family and the rest of America. As a nation and a world, we had stared down the barrel of nuclear destruction. However, it seems clear that 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis we are not much closer to banishing the threat of nuclear war.

Richard Falk and David Krieger's 'The Path to Zero'

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Faced with the disastrous indifference of national governments to the fate of the earth, the people of the world would do well to study The Path to Zero, an extended conversation on the nuclear dilemma by two of its most brilliant analysts.

Regarding Iran, America Must Look to the Constitution

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Jonathan Granoff

Nothing can so erode confidence in the proper use of power by the strongest nation in the world than failure to adhere to the rules that we have agreed should be binding.

Arms Down

John Feffer | Posted 06.10.2012 | World
John Feffer

We are in a dangerous zero-sum world in which a military reduction in the United States means a military increase somewhere else. To break out of this situation and create a virtuous circle of military reductions, we must pursue a three-prong strategy.

Finding the Wisdom We Need to Survive

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I'm far more interested in forgiveness than justice. I say this just to calm myself down after a morning of media overkill, so to speak. There are s...

One Burrito for Mankind

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.13.2011 | Comedy
Steven Crandell

Was it possible to order the burrito and hold the nuclear warhead?

Wisdom or Fatal Folly

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Granoff

It is supreme arrogance to think that we will not make mistakes of judgment, that machines will not err or that human negligence can be avoided. The tragedy in Japan is a strong and deplorable wake-up call.

The Paradox of Disarmament

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The belief that only the armed are empowered has breached the constraints of social sanity. We owe it to the victims of the Tucson tragedy to examine our consciences and press for disarmament in thought and action.

Where Does Nuclear Disarmament Go From Here?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Supporters of nuclear disarmament won an important victory with New Start. But the difficult battle to secure Senate ratification indicates that making further progress will not be easy.

START-ing a New Security

Rhianna Tyson Kreger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rhianna Tyson Kreger

For now let us all raise a glass in solidarity with our DC colleagues: here's to the START of renewed momentum on the Road to Prague.

Bridging the Reality Gap

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

START will not cripple our existing defenses, nor is it an act of unilateral disarmament. The fact is that nuclear weapons, in anybody's hands, are an existential threat to humanity.

A Way Forward for Nuclear Arms Control

Jonathan Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Pearl

Even if New START is ratified before the Democrats' Senate majority significantly shrinks, it will not help advance nonproliferation advocates' long-term goals unless a lost consensus on arms control fundamentals is rebuilt first.

Nobel Peace Laureates' Summit: Inspiration From Hiroshima

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

The 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates will soon meet in Hiroshima, Japan, along President Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama. They are now asking President Barack Obama -- the 2009 Nobel recipient -- to join them.

How Many Nuclear Weapons Does the U.S. Government Need?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

It appears that the U.S. government's desire for nuclear weapons far outruns its need for them -- even by the logic of nuclear deterrence.

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Nuclear disarmament is a job for faith -- and for the kind of social movements that faith at its best has always inspired.

Michael Douglas and Yoko Ono Support Mayor Akiba and Nuclear Disarmament at John Catsimatidis' Fifth Avenue Home

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Mayors for Peace, headed by the Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, got a boost this week during the five-yearly review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferat...

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Past and Present

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Since the non-proliferation treaty took effect in 1970, almost all nuclear nations stopped building nuclear weapons. But even so, they've resisted honoring their full obligations under the NPT.