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?
Maryam Javan Shahraki
Shahraki has completed her coursework as a PhD candidate in global governance, conflict, and security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Ontario, Canada. She received her master's degree in political science from Tehran University in 2007; her thesis project was published as "Globalization and Its Impacts on Fundamentalist Terrorism in the Middle East." In 2009 she joined the executive board of International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP). She has presented at ISYP, Pugwash, and other international conferences.
The author argues that turning Iran's nuclear program into a security issue—removing it from the context of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and from the diplomatic realm—neither strengthens the NPT nor makes the Middle East a safer region.
Maryam Javan ShahrakiSelim Can SazakBeenish Pervaiz
In the 42 years since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) came into force, much has changed in the world -- the Cold War has ended, the global number of nuclear weapons has decreased, yet the number of nuclear-armed states has increased.
The author argues that if the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is to survive and thrive, the world should recommit itself to eliminating nuclear weapons, and variable standards and unjust rules should be avoided.