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
Emma Hansen is a second-year student at the University of Toronto, studying physics and philosophy. She is associate science editor of the university’s student newspaper, The Varsity, and she is orchestrating the first Dr.
Though nuclear stockpiles have shrunk over the years, the largest nuclear powers exhibit limited interest in eliminating their arsenals entirely. Would warheads disappear faster if everyone accepted that minimum deterrence—not "zero"—is disarmament's destination?
Adam Henschke is a research fellow at the National Security College, Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) at Charles Sturt University, Australia.
If they participate in military cyberoperations—intentionally or not—could employees at Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and many other tech firms be considered “civilians directly participating in hostilities” and therefore legitimate targets of war?
Danny Cullenward is the inaugural Philomathia Research Fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) at the University of California, Berkeley. An energy economist and lawyer by training, his work focuses on the design and implementation of science-based climate policy.
The author argues that reducing nuclear arsenals to the point that they represent only a minimum deterrent might be a useful interim step for disarmament, but complete abolition must remain the eventual goal.
Jason Parisi is a physics student at Yale University, an energy studies undergraduate scholar at the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, and a 2013 recipient of a Rieser Fellowship from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
Al Assad is the representative for disarmament and regional security of the secretary-general of the League of Arab States. He is also a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and a member of the Pugwash Council.
Li is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. From 1996 to 2000, he directed the arms control division at the Beijing Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics.
The author argues that disarmament instruments like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have little bearing today on the behavior of nuclear weapon states—that nuclear-armed nations can be perhaps cajoled to approach the disarmament well, but cannot be compelled to drink.
Tatyana Novossiolova is a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Researcher at the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre at the University of Bradford, UK. She is currently working on a project about the governance of biotechnology in post-communist Russia.