The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Hira Bahadur Thapa
Thapa spent 30 years in Nepal's diplomatic service and was assigned to his country's mission to the United Nations in New York, among other postings. His title upon retirement was foreign policy advisor to the prime minister. He received a master's degree in economics from Nepal's Tribhuvan University in 1975 and a master's in international relations from Australia's Monash University in 1997. He writes extensively on contemporary global issues, with a focus on nuclear nonproliferation. His latest book is Diplomacy in the Changing World (Asia Publications, 2012).
The author argues that several developments might help nuclear power contribute meaningfully to climate mitigation; these include the emergence of advanced reactor technologies and the multilateralization of the nuclear fuel cycle.