nuclear arms control


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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Six Close Calls During the Cuban Missile Crisis

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

The Cuban Missile Crisis played out in the second half of October 1962. People generally know that it brought the world close to nuclear war but that in the end U.S. and Soviet leaders kept their heads and the world pulled through.

I remember as a young boy watching President Kennedy’s October 22 speech on our black and white TV set. I could tell from my parents’ reaction that things were bad. And essentially everything I’ve learned about the crisis since then has made me realize it was scarier than any of us realized. Read more >

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Scientists Support The Iran Deal—And They’re Bringing it to Social Media

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

Are you feeling confused about things you’re hearing on the pros and cons of the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program? Wish someone who knew the details would answer your questions?

Last Friday, two highly qualified scientists did just that, answering questions submitted by the public during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session. Read more >

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When Did the Nuclear Age Begin? 70 Years Ago, Today

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

Seventy years ago today, the United States exploded the first atomic bomb in the New Mexican desert, at the Alamogordo Bombing Range. Thus began the nuclear age. Read more >

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Nuclear Hair-Trigger and Launch-on-Warning: The World Says “No”

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

Almost all the world’s nations gather today at the UN in New York City for the month-long Review Conference of the international treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and eliminate the ones that already exist.

The 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or “NPT”, divides the world into nuclear weapons haves and have-nots, with the five nuclear weapon states—the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, and France—committed to nuclear disarmament in exchange for which the other 186 parties have pledged not to acquire nuclear weapons. The treaty includes inspections to make sure that countries with nuclear power programs don’t use the technology to produce nuclear weapons materials.   Read more >

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