First strike

On Saturday, over 200 of us assembled at Harvard to hear an extraordinary array of experts dissect the doctrine of Presidential First Use of US nuclear weapons — and to develop strategies to undo it. Harvard Prof. Elaine Scarry opened the conference by reviewing the disaster that awaits the …

Donald Trump has the nuclear launch codes

February 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Just let that sink in for a moment. It’s crazy enough that U.S. nuclear weapons launch protocol requires the order to start a civilization-ending nuclear war from only one person, the President. It’s absolutely insane when that one person is now Donald Trump… The good news …

Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Hypocrisy

September 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

The apparent new testing of a nuclear weapon by North Korea is certainly bad news for nuclear proliferation. But the “outrage” expressed by the US – the only nation to have actually used nuclear weapons and which is evading its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty …