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
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Mallavarapu is an associate professor in, and chairperson of, the Department of International Relations at South Asian University in New Delhi. In the summer of 2013, he was a Käte Hamburger Kolleg senior fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation in Duisburg, Germany. He received his doctorate from the Disarmament Studies Division at Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2005; his dissertation concerned the International Court of Justice's 1996 advisory opinion on the legality of the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons. He is the author of Banning the Bomb: The Politics of Norm Creation and a co-editor of International Relations: Perspectives for the Global South.
A nuclear detonation's aftermath would be ghastly. Mitigating the humanitarian disaster would stretch the resources of any nation. But what would a detonation mean for countries that struggle merely to feed their people? For nations where disaster preparedness is often an unaffordable luxury?
Responding to a discussion on the ways in which a nuclear detonation would constitute a disaster for poor countries' development prospects, the author questions why so little attention has been devoted to nuclear renunciation.
Imagining the aftermath of a nuclear detonation, the author argues that developing countries would be most affected along three dimensions: exacerbation of poor nutritional conditions, lost livelihoods, and public health.