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?
Polina Sinovets is an associate professor in the international relations department at Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine. From 2004 to 2012 she was a senior research associate at Ukraine's National Institute for Strategic Studies. In 2006 was a fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She has published several dozen articles on nuclear deterrence, disarmament, missile defense, and nonproliferation in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. In 2004 she received a doctorate in political science from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Kiev.
In nuclear war, women would suffer at least as much as men. But women tend to be underrepresented in fields—such as high-level politics, diplomacy, military affairs, and science and technology—that bear on nuclear policy.
Women have as much reason as men to fear nuclear war. Maybe more. But women have relatively little control over whether nuclear weapons are ever used—or whether they continue to exist. How can women break into the largely male preserve of weapons policy?
The author argues that the proper response to nuclear weapons is deep-seated fear, but that nuclear weapons in limited numbers actually make a great contribution to mankind insofar as they prevent large wars.