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
In a welcome but little-noticed development, the United States recently encouraged fellow members of the Biological Weapons Convention to take a deeper interest in “tacit knowledge,” a key determinant of bioweapons development, but one that nonproliferation efforts have largely ignored.
The author argues that there is no feasible way to ensure autonomous weapons will never be built. What's feasible—through effective international regulation—is to ensure that development of autonomous weapons is analyzed and tracked on a case-by-case basis.
The author argues that, if autonomous weapons could incapacitate enemy targets while minimizing undesired damage, they would merit serious consideration as weapons to be used in the fight against non-state actors and terrorists.
Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal is only months away, yet a key incentive for Tehran could be missing: International banks and insurance providers are still reluctant to do business in the Islamic Republic.
Those concerned about international security should pay attention to the Volkswagen case, since arms-control verification tools often use the same kind of proprietary technology that prevents transparency and independent scrutiny.
The authors argue that "bright spots"—places where transformations toward low-carbon energy systems are already happening, and where such transformations are accompanied by parallel changes in politics and public policy—provide reason to hope that the world can successfully meet the challenge of
Climate change makes stringent demands on thinking about our future. We need two-sided reasoning to contend equitably with the risks of climate change and the risks of "solutions." We need to differentiate the future 500 years from now and 50 years from now.
Two trends will dominate biosecurity over the next decade, shaping both opportunities and threats. The first is industrialization, as biotechnology becomes a globally important manufacturing base and economic force.
Contrary to popular opinion, Washington and Moscow should strive now to make progress on bilateral arms control. A more ambitious treaty that limits modernization plans can help stabilize a volatile situation.
Comics and graphic novels have provided a means of deep and nuanced thinking about nuclear weapons for decades, raising questions and offering perspectives many readers might still not expect from such a colorful medium.
The authors argue that the technologies necessary for responding to climate change already exist and are improving rapidly; what's difficult is effecting changes in institutions, economic systems, social systems, and politics.