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?
Rodrigo Álvarez Valdés
Álvarez Valdés is an associate researcher in the doctoral program at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Chile's University of Santiago (USACH) and an adjunct professor in international relations and international conflict analysis at USACH and at Universidad Mayor. From 2007 to 2013, he was director of a project known as "Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: A Latin American Perspective," funded by the Norwegian government. Álvarez is a member of the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group and the Fissile Materials Working Group. He is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Advanced Studies and holds a master's degree in international political economy from Japan's University of Tsukuba.
The author argues that, because of an inherent asymmetry of power, it will be very hard for "nuclear idealists"—essentially, nations without nuclear weapons—to alter the disarmament behavior of "nuclear radicals" (nations with nuclear arsenals).