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
Much of the conversation about winter-safe deterrence has focused on a hypothetical decision between deterrence with nuclear weapons and deterrence with non-contagious biological weapons (NCBWs). I regret that the conversation has been framed in this way.
The nuclear weapons production and laboratory system created during the Cold War is simply far too large for the current military situation and needs drastic consolidation that includes the closing of labs and other facilities
The author argues that nuclear modernizations are inevitable but progress toward disarmament can still be achieved if nuclear-armed nations, Russia and the United States above all, reduce the importance of nuclear weapons in their national security strategies.
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 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.