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Kennette Benedict

Senior Advisor

Articles by Kennette Benedict

22 October 2015

Time to limit all those other weapons, too

Kennette Benedict

Following the Iran nuclear deal, there’s never been a better moment to move towards general and complete disarmament.

9 August 2015

The legacy of Hiroshima: Nuclear tyranny or democracy?

Kennette Benedict

The legacy of democratic determination is a gift from the Manhattan Project scientists’ habit of openness and their faith in democratic action. This is a legacy worth cherishing and deepening as we seek a world free of nuclear weapons.

3 March 2015

Doomsday Clockwork

Kennette Benedict

Neither bogeyman, nor crystal ball, nor actual timepiece: Answers to your questions about the science and history behind the Bulletin’s Doomsday Clock.

4 December 2014

Should governments be allowed to endanger their citizens by keeping nuclear weapons?

Kennette Benedict

The United Nations’ “responsibility to protect” should apply to the nuclear threat, just as it does to other humanitarian perils

30 September 2014
AmericasEurope/RussiaMiddle East

The seeds of failure in Syria and Ukraine were planted long ago

Kennette Benedict

If the United States had developed post-Cold War institutions, it wouldn’t be flailing on foreign policy the way it is today

7 August 2014

How did we get from trade disputes in Ukraine to nuclear threats in Severodvinsk?

Kennette Benedict

Moving past the Ukraine crisis will require a mindset rare among national leaders. It is a mindset capable of seeing connections, patterns, and dynamic systems, one with a sightline extending into the future beyond the next political election, and into the past as seen by others who experienced it.

10 April 2014

The US nuclear weapons complex needs a new role

Kennette Benedict

The old system is broken. What’s next?

26 March 2014

The myth of absolute safety

Kennette Benedict

Learning from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

24 February 2014

Can true democracy exist in a nuclear weapon state?

Kennette Benedict

As Elaine Scarry argues in a new book, government by the people is impossible in a “thermonuclear monarchy.”

29 January 2014
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

Are small nuclear reactors the answer?

Kennette Benedict

A much-touted new atomic energy technology may be a solution in search of a problem.