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UCS Board Member Dick Garwin Wins Presidential Medal of Freedom

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

The White House announced this week that UCS Board member Dick Garwin will receive the Medal of Freedom from President Obama on November 22—where he’ll be joined by Michael Jordan, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks, and others. Read more >

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Standing Strong for Science and Democracy

, president

This election raised the specter of backsliding on the critical progress we’ve made on climate change and other vital issues—but in no sense did the voters grant the new president a mandate to turn back the clock. Read more >

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Coming Soon? An International Ban on Nuclear Weapons

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

In a faceoff at the United Nations yesterday, a large majority of the world’s countries voted to begin negotiations of a legal ban on the possession of nuclear weapons. The United States and the other states with nuclear weapons opposed this effort, but did not have the votes to stop it.

We applaud this vote, and the efforts that led to it. Read more >

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Trimming the Fat: Obama and Nuclear Weapons Cuts

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

His advisors have apparently abandoned the idea of removing US land-based missiles from hair-trigger alert. Still on the table: cutting the US arsenal and stockpiles of weapon-usable materials. Read more >

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America’s 66-Year War (and Counting)

, China project manager and senior analyst

The “forgotten war” that institutionalized the division of the Korean peninsula—a war that has not ended—might have been avoided if the United States and the People’s Republic of China had come to terms with each other in 1949 instead of 1979. Sixty-six years on, as the Kim dynasty develops nuclear weapons, mutual suspicion between the United States and China continues to abet a perpetual state of crisis in Korea. Read more >

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