Nuclear Zero

  • Today marks the signing of the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT) in Moscow 50 years ago. Officially known as “The Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water,” the LTBT was the world’s first significant step away from nuclear weapons testing.

    August 5, 2013 - By admin
  • I grew up at a time when ‘duck and cover’ was a drill routine that we did in school to prepare for nuclear war. Bomb shelters were advertised in local newspapers. All this was part of an absurd belief that the world might be habitable after Russia and the US hurled nuclear bombs at each other.

    August 2, 2013 - By Susan Cundiff
  • Standing at Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to end the threat of nuclear weapons. “So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe,” he declared to waves of applause. Obama promised bold cuts in strategic and tactical nuclear weapons and pledged again to prevent more nations from acquiring nuclear weapons, ban nuclear testing, and end production of bomb materials. But the president delayed implementing any of these steps pending further reviews and discussions. It is thus unclear if the much-anticipated speech will generate the active cooperation from members of the United Nations that is needed to reduce nuclear dangers.

    July 8, 2013 - By Joe Cirincione
  • There are approximately 17,300 nuclear weapons in the world across nine countries.  Of these, nearly 7,700 are in the United States. 

    June 19, 2013 - By Joel Rubin
  • As a father, I feel responsible not only for my three little girls’ health and well being, but also for their emotional security, their education and their safety. Because of this, I believe that it’s my responsibility to do my utmost to make the world a better place. 

    June 14, 2013 - By Joel Rubin
  • Susan Rice does not speak very often on nuclear policy, but behind the scenes she played a major role in shaping Barack Obama’s nuclear weapons positions in the 2008 campaign.

    June 5, 2013 - By Joe Cirincione
  • On Thursday, Rachel Maddow asked me if President Obama was going to fulfill the visionary agenda he laid out four years ago in Prague. I paused. What should I say? I support this agenda to move us step by step towards what Obama termed "the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." But progress has been slow. I took a deep breath and answered the only way I could: honestly.

    April 5, 2013 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Fukushima 2013 to 20013? Legacy of the Nuclear Age

    Next week marks the second anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima reactors in Japan. Remember? The days and weeks we collectively crossed our fingers as heroic workers improvised and threw everything they could at melting reactors and damaged spent fuel pools to stave off disaster...

    March 7, 2013 - By Paul Carroll
  • Today, Foreign Affairs published "Obama's Nuclear Future: The Battle to Reduce the U.S. Nuclear Stockpile Begins" by Joe Cirincione. He looks at the past and likely future of President Obama's policies and how we might finally break the grip of Cold War thinking on our nuclear posture.

    March 6, 2013 - By admin
  • President Barack Obama has assembled perhaps the most knowledgeable senior nuclear policy team in American history.

    February 27, 2013 - By Joe Cirincione