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
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).
The author argues that only moral suasion could compel nuclear-armed nations to comply with a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Moral suasion counts for little in today's world, he says, so establishing a treaty in the first place would be a hollow exercise.
The author argues that an ongoing diplomatic initiative regarding the humanitarian impact of nuclear detonations could, if great care is exercised, evolve into a successful process for establishing a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
The author argues that women's freedom tends to be restricted in most societies by their greater family responsibilities. But such constraints can be no excuse for institutional discrimination, including in the nuclear realm.
Women have as much reason as men to fear nuclear war. Maybe more. But women have relatively little control over whether nuclear weapons are ever used—or whether they continue to exist. How can women break into the largely male preserve of weapons policy?
The author argues that a gender-based sense of patriotism often turns disarmament into something "soft," feminized, or emasculated—not only hindering disarmament but also making it difficult to establish a credible feminist approach to hard-core strategic studies and policy making.