As a principle and practice, deterrence existed long before nuclear weapons. The logic of deterrence is irrefutable to most, especially when applied to nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, its effectiveness is questioned by everyone […]
Nuclear weapons have outlived their usefulness — if they ever had any
Historian Ward Wilson pokes holes in the mythology of nuclear weapons. Long awaited by many of us in the arms control and disarmament communities, historian Ward Wilson’s book, Five Myths About Nuclear […]
You've heard of friendly fire, now meet friendly deterrence
A pretext for the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in European states is to free them from the need to develop nuclear weapons.
Does the taboo against the use of nuclear weapons only increase their allure?
The trouble with taboos is that they’re made to be broken. Realism and ethics converge in the belief that nuclear weapon use is unthinkable.
Is "It's not fair" a childish response to being denied nuclear weapons?
Nonproliferation is a non-starter when those who seek to enforce it refuse to convincingly disarm. Nuclear “apartheid” is a critical concern to many states.
Would sweeping disarmament on our part impress Iran?
Conservatives believe that U.S. disarmament holds no water with Tehran and that substantive disarmament measures on the part of the West would have no bearing on any aspirations Iran may have to nuclear weapons. Russ Wellen reports.
The futility of trying to debate our way to disarmament
In the long run, the grassroots types sprouting by the side of the road may have a better chance of implementing disarmament than those steering policy limos down the middle of the road.
'Nuclear weapons are a gift from God'
The Cold War was like two winos who’d dragged themselves from the gutter and stopped drinking. But, hedging their bets on sobriety, they carried around pints of Everclear 190 proof grain alcohol.
Are Obama's disarmament initiatives just a cover for the nuclear-industrial complex?
Looking gift horsemen in the mouth.
U.S.-Indian nuke transactions go from bad to worse
From poisoning disarmament protocols to thwarting development in India to even threatening corporate profits.