Ramamurti Rajaraman

Articles by Ramamurti Rajaraman

19 January 2015
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

Three minutes and counting

Lynn EdenRobert RosnerRod EwingSivan KarthaEdward "Rocky" Kolb Lawrence M. KraussLeon LedermanRaymond T. PierrehumbertM. V. RamanaJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniElizabeth J. WilsonDavid TitleyRamamurti Rajaraman

Today, more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board have looked closely at the world situation and found it so threatening that the hands of the Doomsday Clock must once again be set at three minutes to midnight.

1 March 2014

Two recent developments in South Asia have increased the risk of an accelerated arms race between India and Pakistan.

13 January 2014
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

Five minutes is too close

Lawrence M. KraussLynn EdenRobert RosnerAlexander GlaserEdward "Rocky" Kolb Leon LedermanRamamurti RajaramanM. V. RamanaElizabeth J. WilsonRichard C. J. SomervilleSivan KarthaJennifer SimsRod Ewing

A careful review of threats leads the Bulletin's Science and Security Board to conclude that the risk of civilization-threatening technological catastrophe remains high, and that the hands of the Doomsday Clock should therefore remain at five minutes to midnight.

14 January 2013

An open letter to President Obama: The time on the Doomsday Clock is five minutes to midnight

Robert SocolowThomas RosenbaumLynn EdenRod EwingAlexander GlaserSivan KarthaEdward "Rocky" Kolb Leon LedermanRamamurti RajaramanM. V. RamanaRobert RosnerJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleElizabeth J. Wilson

Editor's note: Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists subsequently created the Doomsday Clock in 1947 using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero), to convey threats to humanity and the planet.

8 November 2012

Convergence and nuance

The author writes that nations viewed with distrust by major powers may not remain able to enjoy their full rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty merely by following the rules; staying "in good standing" with the major developed nations may also be necessary.

18 October 2012

Assurances, but no sense of assurance

The author writes that nonproliferation efforts may be inherently unfair and asymmetric, but this unfairness should not be used as an ideological instrument that allows fuel banks to be opposed in toto.

30 August 2012

Despite qualms, fuel banks hold promise

The author writes that, notwithstanding developing nations’ concerns about international fuel banks, these banks could still prove beneficial for developing nations that are interested in nuclear power but are uninterested in nuclear weapons.

28 August 2012

Is a nuclear fuel bank a good investment?

Ta Minh TuanKhaled ToukanRamamurti Rajaraman

Among the fundamental challenges facing the nonproliferation project is that highly enriched uranium suitable for nuclear weapons can be produced in the same facilities that make low-enriched uranium for civilian reactors.

30 March 2011

Fukushima: An industrial disaster but not a nuclear 'apocalypse'

Ramamurti Rajaraman

The ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is not a cause for panic but rather an opportunity to improve safety worldwide.

30 March 2011

Fukushima: An industrial disaster but not a nuclear 'apocalypse'

Ramamurti Rajaraman

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that shook northern Japan on March 11, combined with the giant tsunami that followed, is one of the worst natural disasters that any country has had to bear in recent times. As of today, Japan's National Police Agency reports 27,652 people dead or missing. The gravity of the disaster has been matched only by the stoic and disciplined response of the Japanese public to this massive tragedy.