Reducing Nuclear Risks and Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Leaders of the five countries authorized to have nuclear weapons recently affirmed that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”  What does that mean in 2022, when those same leaders are expanding their nuclear arsenals, making nuclear threats over the war in Ukraine, facing nuclear advances by North Korea and Iran, and hearing from global activists that the only reliable way to reduce nuclear risks is to eliminate nuclear weapons?

Nancy W. Gallagher is a research professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, the director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), and the former director of the Clinton administration’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Ratification Task Force. She writes on cooperative strategies to reduce nuclear and cyber risks, and to manage security relations with Russia and China. She also surveys public opinion in Iran.

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