In this interview, former Defense Secretary William Perry – chair of the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors and an emeritus director of the Nuclear Threat Initiative – explains why he believes that public dissemination of realistic (and therefore horrifying) scenarios of nuclear war can help reduce the likelihood it will occur. “What we’re really trying to do is find ways of averting doom,” Perry says. “But we think the first step in that is recognizing that these are very real possibilities.”
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