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?
Nayan, a senior research associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, specializes in export controls, nonproliferation, and arms control. In 2004 and 2005 he was a visiting research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, and in 2005 and 2006 was a visiting Fulbright scholar at New York University's Center on International Cooperation. He is a member of the Export Controls Experts Group (an initiative of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific) and serves on the executive council of the Indian Pugwash Society. In 1996 he received a doctorate in disarmament studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The author argues that, in order to ensure that nuclear technology both spreads and is used for responsible ends, the Nuclear Suppliers Group must strike a new and broadly acceptable balance between commercial and security interests.
Though the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) may well be indispensable for nonproliferation, its membership of mainly wealthy nations sometimes provokes suspicion in the developing world. Can the NSG contribute to nonproliferation and also remain fair to developing countries?
In 2009, President Barack Obama announced from Prague’s Hradcany square that “the most immediate and extreme threat to global security” was nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists, and world leaders listened.