Seven of 2017’s freshest perspectives on nuclear weapons, biological threats, and more

By Dawn Stover | December 25, 2017

The Bulletin welcomed two dozen emerging scholars to our “Voices of Tomorrow” section this year, ranging from an Iowa eighth grader to postdoctoral research fellows around the globe. Their essays offer cogent policy arguments and heartfelt personal reflections on important issues of the day.

Below is a sampling of our year’s best “Voices of Tomorrow” pieces.

Speaking up for science: A perspective from the Boston science rally by Kathleen E. Bachynski

“Remember polio? I don’t.” Here’s why one sign at the Boston science rally touched a nerve.

Think positive: How to get North Korea to roll back its nuclear weapons activity by Paige P. Cone

“Rewarding” North Korea with positive inducements to roll back its nuclear weapons activity is likely to be more effective than economic sanctions or military intervention.

Haves, have-nots, and need-nots: The nuclear ban exposes hidden fault lines by Jennifer Knox

The nuclear ban challenges conventional models of the nuclear age—and illustrates the consequences of structural inequities in the pursuit of disarmament.

The case for banning autonomous weapons rests on morality, not practicality by Robert Hart

The failure of the chemical weapons ban in Syria is not a strike against a proposed global ban on autonomous weapons. Bans derive their strength from morality, not practicality.

Antimicrobial resistance: an underrated biological threat by Saskia Popescu

Antimicrobial resistance isn’t as sexy as Ebola or CRISPR, but it is just as sinister—and should be classified as a global catastrophic biological risk.

Drone warfare: The death of precision by James Rogers

When it comes to drone strikes, the Trump administration is playing by a new set of rules that could prove dangerous for US intervention in foreign conflicts.

Let science be science again by Yangyang Cheng

The March for Science affirms the idea of science as a great equalizer. Like the American dream, science can empower individuals and lift communities.

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