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3/11: Nuclear Weapons

In recent years, the threat of nuclear weapons being used has become an increasing concern. Treaties limiting weapons stockpiles have lapsed, a “shooting war” (involving nuclear-capable Russia) is underway, and there is an increasing rift between two major groups of countries (US/Europe leading one side, Russia/China leading the other) that make “tolerance” of increased nuclear capabilities seem acceptable to both factions. Even “Oppenheimer” (the movie) has helped raise this topic as one the general public is focused on.

Given these developments (and probably many more) The New York Times has recently been publishing a series of articles about the nuclear threat. While they’re still writing articles, it’s probably a good time to revisit this topic as a Beyond Labels discussion.

Question: What, realistically, can be done to reduce or manage the threat of nuclear war, while still maintaining and protecting our own strategic national interests?

For those who do have NYT subscriptions, there are some interactive graphics articles on the subject published over the last few weeks. (They have lots of good material, but the interactive nature of the articles mean they do not print well.)

For those who do not, here are some print articles from the Times:

Opinion: An Introduction: It’s Time to Protest Nuclear War Again
Select Sources From ‘The Brink’
Opinion: Should Either of These People Have the Power to End the World?
Biden’s Armageddon Moment: When Nuclear Detonation Seemed Possible in Ukraine
Opinion: ‘Oppenheimer’ Is the Origin Story. These Three Movies Reveal Our Nuclear Present

And from the Washington Post:

Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight amid nuclear and AI threats
Putin threatens nuclear response to NATO troops if they go to Ukraine
Opinion: Biden needs to prevent Trump from having unlimited control over nuclear weapons
Opinion: Why the U.S. should start telling the whole truth about Israeli nukes

I don’t expect everyone to read every article but, hey, it’s a rainy, blustery Sunday, so…

1 Comment

  • Maine punches far above its weight in foreign policy.
    Senator King is chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces: with jurisdiction over the budgets for nuclear and strategic forces, intelligence programs, space programs, cyber space programs, Department of Energy defense, nuclear, and environmental programs, and ballistic missile defense.
    Senator Collins is the ranking Republican on the full Appropriations Committee and on the Subcommittee on Defense.
    Both Senators sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Maine is the only state with two senators on this confidential committee.
    Jared Golden serves on the House Armed Services Committee.


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