eJournalUSA: A World Free of Nuclear Weapons


About This Issue

Threat and Promise

Obama’s Commitment

Ellen O. Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Other people have talked about achieving a world without nuclear weapons. President Obama is trying to make it happen.

The Transformation of U.S. Nuclear Policy

Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
President Obama faces plenty of obstacles, especially cynicism.

Playing Percentages

An Interview With Brent Scowcroft, Former U.S. National Security Adviser
Zero nuclear weapons could make for an even more unstable world.

Nonproliferation’s Contribution

George Perkovich, Director, and Deepti Choubey, Deputy Director, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Cooperation among the nuclear powers on preventing proliferation requires upholding the bargain between disarmament and nonproliferation.

Fission, Fusion

Nuclear weapons can achieve their destructive power in two different ways.

Beyond Existing Treaties

Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy
The 2010 review conference on nuclear weapons nonproliferation should start laying the groundwork for a treaty abolishing nuclear weapons.

Disarmament Attempts Past

Successes and Failures

Jeremi Suri, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The 20th century had some successes and some failures in arms control.

U.S. and Russia

Why the Stockpiles?

Jonathan Winkler, Associate Professor of History, Wright University
Maintaining huge and expensive nuclear warhead stockpiles was the cost of peace during the Cold War.

U.S.-Russia Balancing Act

Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center
Russian leaders publicly support the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons but lack a clear strategy to advance this vision.

Megatons to Megawatts

Andrew Newman, Research Associate, Harvard University
Thanks to the Megatons to Megawatts program, half of U.S. nuclear energy comes from dismantled Russian nuclear warheads.


Young People to the Fore

Johan Bergenäs, Research Associate, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Progress toward a world rid of nuclear weapons depends on the world’s young people.

A Safer World for All

Jayantha Dhanapala, President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
A verifiable global agreement on eliminating nuclear weapons would make all of the world’s people safer equally.

The Commitment of Non-Nuclear-Weapons States

Irma Argüello, Founder and Chair, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation
All countries must learn that abolishing nuclear weapons will enhance the security of all countries.


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