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
Liviu Horovitz, a doctoral candidate in international relations at the Swiss university ETH Zurich, has previously been a researcher in the nuclear policy working group of the Center for Security Studies in Zurich, a consultant for the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ba
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.
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.
As the world looks on with trepidation at the growing crisis between Ukraine and Russia, does anyone think that the nuclear arsenals of Russia and the United States could play a constructive role? Of course not.