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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Jonah is a professor of physics at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. He earned his doctorate in nuclear physics in 1995 through a combined program of Ahmadu Bello University and Hungary's University of Debrecen. He has served as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and as a visiting scholar at Argonne National Laboratory and at Italy's International Center for Theoretical Physics.
The author argues that, though the threat of nuclear terrorism is sometimes exaggerated for political reasons, the threat remains very real, and the issue deserves the attention being accorded it through Nuclear Security Summits.
Before the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) came into force in 1970, concerned scientists made dire predictions about the rate at which nuclear weapons would spread around the globe. Thanks in part to the treaty, the gloomiest scenarios have been avoided.
The author argues that limits on the authority of the International Atomic Energy Agency, particularly in the field of nuclear security, amount to a set of serious deficiencies in the nonproliferation regime.