Non-proliferation

Shining a Light on the Dark Aftermath of Nuclear War

Shining a Light on the Dark Aftermath of Nuclear War

March 3, 2021 at 12:21 pm

“We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life…” — From Greetings to the Natural World, the ThanksgivingRead More

Rebecca Johnson and Hiroshima-survivor Setsuko Thurlow embrace after the adoption of the Ban Treaty, 7 July 2017.

After the Ban: 6 Questions for ICAN’s Rebecca Johnson

February 3, 2021 at 11:19 am

As previewed in last month’s column, on January 22, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – popularly known as ‘The Ban Treaty’ – became international law. Hailed by UN Secretary General António Guterres as “a major step toward a world free of nuclear weapons,” itRead More

Happy New Era?

Happy New Era?

January 13, 2021 at 12:17 pm

“Nuclear weapons are like a rifle hanging on the wall in a play. We did not write the play, we are not staging it and we do not know what the author intends. Anyone could take the rifle from the wall at any time.” — Mikhail Gorbachev, What Is atRead More

The Fish that Stopped the Ship?

The Fish that Stopped the Ship?

December 2, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Author’s Note: As this year unlike any other grinds to a bleak close, I offer – in the spirit not of prophecy, but satiric thought-experiment – ‘alternate universe’ visions of the near future. And bear with me, dear reader, as I first appear to lose my mind…   “The extremelyRead More

French police fire teargas at anti-NATO protestors in Strasbourg in April 2009, ahead of a summit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the military alliance. (Photo by

Lies at the Heart of Europe

November 4, 2020 at 10:21 am

Thirty Novembers ago, leaders of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) met in Paris to inaugurate a post-Cold War order of peace and prosperity. The Conference – encompassing North America and Soviet Asia as well as Europe – had convened at Summit level only once before, inRead More

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UN Begins Countdown to Nuclear Ban Treaty

October 28, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator’s Sean Howard will be back next week with his regular, monthly column, but he sent along a press release from Peace Quest Cape Breton about an important development in the progress of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW):   On October 24Read More

No Escape from the Military Maze?

No Escape from the Military Maze?

October 7, 2020 at 12:01 pm

  “The labyrinthine design ensures the unfamiliar are quickly lost…”––Charles Kenny, Close the Pentagon: Rethinking National Security for a Positive Sum World “Between mouthfuls of wine the soldier keeps his eyes lowered on this disorderly network which becomes more complex every minute. He does not know what to say. …Read More

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COVID Immunity? The Pentagon Budget’s Got It

September 2, 2020 at 12:49 pm

We live, do we not, in an age of chronic partisan dysfunction in Washington, a chasm unbridged even by the coronavirus crisis? But on one issue both sides can reach with ease ‘across the aisle’: the Pentagon budget. On July 21 and 23, the House of Representatives and Senate adoptedRead More

Family seated in a Kidde Kokoon, an underground fallout shelter manufactured by Walter Kidde Nuclear Laboratories of Garden City, Long Island. United Press photo (1955)

No Shelter from the Storm

August 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

The New Yorker’s ‘Talk of the Town’ recently reported how, in the depths of the Big Apple’s COVID-19 lockdown, musician David Mansfield discovered a rusted hatch in his overgrown backyard. Prizing it open, he descended a ladder to a nuclear fall-out shelter, a claustrophobic capsule – or “David Bowie tinRead More

Color shot, Trinity nuclear test, 16 July 1945

Trinity’s Shockwave Rolls On

July 8, 2020 at 11:51 am

“It was an awesome spectacle; anyone who has ever seen an atomic explosion will never forget it. And all in compete silence; the bang came minutes later, quite loud though I had plugged my ears, and followed by a long rumble like heavy traffic very far away. I can stillRead More