Achieving a Future Free of Nuclear Weapons

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy Mar 2011Photo: Satu Pitkanen (Flickr)

In the last 25 years, the U.S. and Russia have reduced their nuclear weapon stocks from a high of 70,000 to fewer than 22,000. Thanks to the New Start treaty, the two governments are poised to bring down those numbers further. A combination of new thinking, further government action, new technologies, and renewed political will are providing the practical basis for a radically different future—free of nuclear weapons.

Posts in the March 2011 issue of Peace Policy:

Kennette Benedict highlights the many opportunities that are making it possible to achieve freedom from nuclear weapons. Read »

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues that Islamophobia and Cold War rhetoric are NOT the way to get to nuclear zero. Read »

Stephen M. Colecchi tells the story of Our Lady of Nagasaki, whose haunting visage seems to implore humanity to save itself from nuclear devastation. Read » 

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