Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the New Nuclear Danger

Seventy-five years ago, on August 6, the United States executed a surprise atomic bomb attack on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later, as Japan’s leaders debated surrender and the Soviets entered the war against Japan, a second atomic bomb devastated Nagasaki. We all still live under the dark shadow cast by those nuclear attacks until today. The decision to drop the bomb, and the Soviets’ pursuit of their own, triggered the dangerous and costly nuclear arms race that topped out at over 70,000 nuclear weapons and brought the world close to nuclear catastrophe on several occasions. Deep Cuts Commissioner Daryl Kimball published concrete recommendations on how to successfully reduced the danger of nuclear war here

Nukleare Abrüstung: Interviews mit Angela Kane

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75 Jahre nach den Atombombenabwürfen auf Hiroshima und Nagasaki sind die Bemühungen um nukleare Abrüstung fast zum Erliegen gekommen. Deep Cuts Commissioner Angela Kane, ehemalige UNO Untergeneralsekretärin und Hohe Beauftragte für Abrüstung, erklärt in einem Interview mit der Tagesschau, was sich ändern muss - und warum sie den Atomwaffenverbotsvertrag nicht für nutzlos hält. Das vollständige Interview ist online hier

Angela Kane kam ebenfalls zu einem kurzen Gespräch mit Claudia Crawford, Leiterin des Multilateraleren Dialogs der Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, zusammen. Das vollständige Video ist online verfügbar hier

Steven Pifer: Where is Russia Heading in 2020?

Over the past several years, Russia has seemed a country on the rise globally, with President Vladimir Putin well on his way to lengthening his time in power. With the world’s attention on COVID 19, can Putin emerge stronger from this crisis and what can we expect from Russia in the near term? Is resolution a possibility with Ukraine or will there be continued conflict? What are the prospects for US-Russia relations at a time when arms control agreements are being abandoned? Deep Cuts Commissioner Steven Pifer answers these and more questions here

Increasing Nuclear Threats through Strategic Missile Defense

Deep Cuts Commissioner Greg Thielmann will discuss his latest publication "Increasing Nuclear Threats through Strategic Missile Defense" in a Webinar by the Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). Join the discussion on July 24, 2020 at 09:00 - 10:00 am here

Olga Oliker on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Deep Cuts Commissioner Olga Oliker wrote a compilation of observations and policy ideas, taking on issues pertaining to Russia, U.S.-Russian relations and broader U.S. policies affecting Russia. The compilation is meant as a sampling of Olga Oliker’s views on Russia. All sections may be updated with new or past statements. The quotes are divided into categories reflecting the most pertinent topic areas for U.S.-Russian relations broadly and for drivers of the two countries’ policies toward one another. Find the full compilation here

Global Catastrophic Risks 2020

The Global Challenges Foundation published its new report “Global Catastrophic Risks 2020”, which is based on the latest scientific research and contains contributions from leading academic experts all over the world. In 2020, COVID-19 catapulted catastrophic risks and their governance into the global consciousness. The Global Challenges Foundation’s Annual Report aims to give an overview of all the greatest threats to humanity, to track developments in the issues, to highlight their interconnectedness and to explore how they are being managed at the global level. Deep Cuts Commissioner Angela Kane contributed with a chapter on biological and chemical warfare. Read the full report here

Podcast episode with Alexandra Bell

Are we in the middle of a new Cold War? Or have we rewritten the game? With old nuclear arms treaties expiring, and no new ones being signed, are we adapting to the times or playing with fire? In this podcast episode, Deep Cuts Commissioner Alexandra Bell together with Alex Wellerstein look at the past and present of civil defense and nuclear arms control and ask what we can do - as individuals and as a nation - to prevent the existential threat of nuclear war. Listen to the full episode here

Wie Deutschland atomwaffenfrei werden kann und die Sicherheit Europas dabei noch gestärkt wird

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In den vergangenen Wochen wurde in Deutschland intensiv über die Zukunft der nuklearen Teilhabe diskutiert. Diese Debatte erweist sich auch als Chance: In fünf Jahren könnte Deutschland atomwaffenfrei sein, ohne dass Europa unsicherer ist und die NATO geschwächt wird. Dafür braucht es viel Abstimmung und eine Kombination aus Rückversicherung und Rüstungskontrolle. Pia Furhop und Deep Cuts Commissioner Ulrich Kühn und Oliver Meier analysieren diese Aspekte in ihrem Artikel hier