Experts Say

The case for nuclear disarmament

The Nation
October 8, 2017
By Hassan Javid

We live in uncertain and dangerous times. As if climate change, terrorism, and economic instability were not enough, humanity also faces the prospect of nuclear war and the untold destruction it would bring. The current tensions between the United States and North Korea, and the possibility of the United States withdrawing from the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last year, have meant that the possibility of nuclear conflict is arguably higher than it has been since the end of the Cold War. In this context, the decision to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is both timely and welcome. Set up a decade ago, and made up of hundreds of NGOs working together around the world, ICAN works to achieve its goals by lobbying governments and educating people about the horrors of nuclear weapons.
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