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nuclear weapons



  • Tularosa Downwinders: a 75 Year Wait for Justice

    Residents of New Mexico's Tularosa basin received no advance warning of the 1945 atomic bomb tests nor of the risks to their health. They've been excluded from relief legislation that has benefitted residents near the Nevada test sites and workers in uranium mines. 



  • Only Fools Replay Doomsday

    by William Astore

    The author worked at NORAD's headquarters under Cheyenne Mountain at the height of the Cold War and wonders why, having emerged the nominal victors of one round of military escalation toward armageddon, American policymakers seem willing to enter another. 



  • The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Nuclear Bomb

    by Alex Wellerstein

    Read a detailed account of the moment in the Cold War when the United States and Soviet Union contemplated, then developed and tested, nuclear weapons of horrifying power. 



  • In Memoriam: Robert Divine, 1929-2021

    by H.W. Brands and Mark Atwood Lawrence

    Two University of Texas colleagues pay tribute to the scholarly, teaching, and personal contributions of the late Robert Divine to the field of diplimatic history. 



  • On the Eve of Destruction: Breaking the Double-Bind of the Nuclear Arms Race

    by Richard Rhodes

    Politicians and defense contractors who wanted American nuclear supremacy won out over scientists seeking international effort to contain the extinction-level threat posed by thermonuclear weapons, even to the point of denying the planet-destroying power of the H-bomb. 


  • The View from the New York City Hiroshima Peace Vigil

    by Michael McQuillan

    The march featured the testimony of antinuclear activists and rekindled a demand for New York's city council to divest the city budget from contractors who make nuclear weapons, but too much of the public seems willing to ignore the nuclear threat.



  • A Black Reporter Exposed Official Lies about the Atomic Bomb

    Charles Loeb's reporting defied the official government line that radiation from the atomic bombs dropped on Japan was harmless, and resonated with Black readers who suspected a racist motive in dropping the new weapons on Japanese cities. 



  • Latinos Forgotten Victims of US Nuclear Testing

    Hispanic and Native residents of New Mexico who were excluded from the first Radiation Exposure Compensation Act are likely to be included in a bill to reauthorize the legislation. 



  • Blackness and the Bomb

    by Erica X. Eisen

    "Throughout the atomic age, civil defense authorities demanded the active participation of Black citizens whom their measures failed to protect."


  • It's Time for a "Don't Trust, Do Verify" US-Russia Cybersecurity Treaty

    by Glenn C. Altschuler and Justin Lifflander

    The Reagan-Gorbachev summit meetings that yielded the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and established mutual weapons monitoring weren't expected to succeed, but offer hope that negotiations between Biden and Putin could advance progress toward needed mutual cybersecurity action. 



  • Missile Defense is Not a Substitute for Arms Control

    by John Tierney and Samuel M. Hickey

    A former Congressman and an arms control analyst argue that the key goal of upcoming meetings between Biden and Putin is nuclear arms control; the United States can afford to use its technological superiority in missile defense as a chip to ensure this greater goal. 



  • Lesson: The Cold War and the Nuclear Weapons Threat

    The Cold War may be over, but an arms race continues, even as safeguards once in place have fallen away. Some experts worry that nuclear weapons may pose a greater threat to humanity than ever before.