Articles by Elaine Scarry

Many of you joined us for the Nov. 4 conference on “Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional?  Is it Just?”   Above is a 6-minute video showing the conference highlights.  The link to the video is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr-bXzvgQBw&index=1&list=PL2SOU6wwxB0vZEgAvRotf9-INc9nA8t02 The edited transcripts of …

Nuclear Citizenship

December 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Originally published in “Destroyer of Worlds: Taking Stock of Our Nuclear Present“, Harper’s Magazine, December 2017 A nuclear weapon, like any weapon, has two ends: the end from which it is fired and the end through which it inflicts injury. But in the case of …

Our nuclear-weapons strategy enables one man, the president, to kill and maim an unthinkable number of people in a single afternoon. EDITOR’S NOTE: These remarks were first delivered at the conference “Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?” …

Will We Remain Silent?

January 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

This article appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the Massachusetts Peace Action newsletter Most people know there is a risk of a nuclear weapons accident. Most peo­ple know there is a risk that a terrorist or a hacker will gain control of a nuclear …

The potential for so vast a massacre has never before existed. Originally published in TIME, August 6, 2014 August 6 is the 69th anniversary of the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The bombing of Nagasaki took place on August 9. …