Newsletter December2023

Toward A Nuclear Free World
Toward A Nuclear Free World
Are Small Modular Reactors Harbingers of Nuclear Renaissance?

By Leonam dos Santos Guimarâes

*The writer is a nuclear and naval engineer (Ph.D.) and a member of the Brazilian National Academy of Engineering. CEO of Eletronuclear S.A. Coordinator, Brazilian Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program.

RIO DE JANEIRO | 17 December 2023 (IDN) — The new generation of small modular reactors (SMR) is expected to provide greater safety, lower costs, easier financing, better compatibility with limited-sized national power grids, and reduced design risks, which could improve social acceptance and attract private investment.

The Suicidal Fallout of a Nuclear Attack in the Middle East

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS | 16 December 2023 (IDN) — When a junior minister proposed dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza as “one way of dealing with the threat of Hamas”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instantly shot down the proposal and took the unusual step of suspending the politically far-right minister.

The End of An Era?

The Case for a New UN General Assembly Special Session on Disarmament 

By Sergio Duarte

The writer is an Ambassador, a former High Representative of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs., and President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil | 7 December 2023 (IDN) — Seventy-eight years ago, when World War II was about to end, the fear of an armed clash between the main powers that emerged as leaders of a significant part of the international community began to grow as the two rivals developed nuclear capabilities.(P27)  JAPANESE | PORTUGUESE

How the US Has Darkened the Nuclear Cloud Over Humanity

By Norman Solomon*

This article was originally published by The Nation.

SAN FRANCISCO | 6 December 2023 (IDN) — Forty years ago, across a dozen pages of The Nation magazine, I was in a debate with the English historian E. P. Thompson about the US-Soviet nuclear arms race, the relative culpability of both governments and how activists should approach it all.

Nuclear Deterrence: An Unproven Gamble that Risks Humanity
By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS | 3 December 2023 (IDN) — Is it justifiable for a country to go nuclear—on the grounds that it is doing so to protect itself from nuclear attacks?

The argument is based on the concept of “nuclear deterrence”: a widely-challenged theory that nuclear weapons are intended to deter nuclear attacks prompting the question: would the Russians have invaded Ukraine if it was a nuclear power? (P26) CHINESE | JAPANESE | SWEDISH 

Forty Years After ‘The Day After’

By Daryl G. Kimball

The writer is the Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA). The following article appears as the Focus of the December 2023 issue of Arms Control Today.

WASHINGTON, D.C. | 2 December 2023 (IDN) — On Sunday, Nov. 20, 1983, I left my college dorm to visit my parents’ home in the suburbs of Oxford, Ohio. That evening, along with some 100 million other Americans, we witnessed two hours of stunning television that would mobilize the nation, as well as some of its leaders, to take meaningful steps to reduce the nuclear danger.

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