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    At the UN, a New Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Is Adopted by 122 Nations

    by  • July 7, 2017 • Disarmament, Gender-Based Violence, Geopolitics, Nuclear Disarmament • 

    Nuclear buildup and threat of nuclear war became a front-page item this past week, after Kim Jong Un’s declaration of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, confirmed on July 4 by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Such headlines — proclaimed on America’s Independence Day — remind the public of the ever-present specter...

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    Nikki Haley, as US Envoy to the UN, Could Empower Indian Business Ties

    by  • December 2, 2016 • Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Whatever the real reason that led Donald Trump to name Nikki Haley as his ambassador to the United Nations — that she is a “deal-maker,” a woman from an ethnic minority and a moderate Republican voice he may want to remove from South Carolina — a wave of justifiable pride in many Indians and...

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    Why South Africa Gave Up Its Atom Bombs

    by  • May 12, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Advena Central Labs in South Africa

    Sadly, South Africa remains the only state that has ever voluntarily dismantled its entire nuclear weapons ability. Others like Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan have foregone the possibility of acquiring them — but South Africa has been the only country that has ever taken the decision to dismantle an existing capacity. It might accordingly be...

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    The Differing No-Nuke Stance Between Australia and New Zealand

    by  • November 29, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Licorne nuclear test, 1971, French Polynesia

    CANBERRA, Australia — Because of the unique destructive capacity and uncontrollable effects of nuclear weapons, the almost indescribable horror associated with their use informed the very first resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. It has been a recurring theme ever since in blue-ribbon international commissions, Non-Proliferation Treaty review conferences and General...

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    Iran’s ‘Grand Bargain’ With the West

    by  • January 1, 2013 • BOOKS, Disarmament, Middle East • 4 Comments

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, addressing the UN conference on sustainable development, June 20, 2012.

    Iran’s nuclear crisis has been dragging on for a decade, so it sure would be great if someone in the know finally laid out the definitive plan for resolving the dispute and ending Tehran’s international isolation. In “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir,” a veteran Iranian diplomat, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, modestly puts himself forward...

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