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nuclear weapons



  • 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.



  • The Book That Stopped an Outbreak of Nuclear War

    Serhii Plokhy adds new insight to the Cuban Missile Crisis by examining the domestic political context of the Soviet Union and the political incentives toward nuclear brinksmanship. 


  • Can Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Overcome the Opposition?

    by Lawrence Wittner

    People who want to end the nightmare of nuclear destruction that has haunted the world since 1945 should consider widening the popular appeal of nuclear weapons abolition by strengthening the UN’s ability to provide international security.



  • “Atomic Cover-Up” Premieres

    by Greg Mitchell

    Documentarian Greg Mitchell's new movie about the two film crews – one Japanese, one American – who recorded the human toll of the Hiroshima bombing and had their footage suppressed has premiered. Find out how to view it. 



  • The Mythical War Scare of 1983

    by Simon Miles

    "Nuclear weapons are not without danger, to be sure. An overinflation of the risk of Able Archer should not be necessary to remind policymakers of that point."



  • Apocalypse Averted

    "Newly declassified documents reveal that in November 1983, at the height of Cold War tensions, the United States and the Soviet Union came closer to nuclear war than historians—and even many officials at the time—have known until now."


  • The Great Evasion

    by Lawrence Wittner

    Joe Biden should reverse the nation's long dereliction of duty in leading the world toward nuclear disarmament and reducing the threat of nuclear war.



  • The Cuban Missile Crisis: Once More Unto the Breach

    by Sheldon M. Stern

    As the anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis approaches, longtime JFK Library historian Sheldon Stern reviews Theodore Voorhees Jr.'s new book, which argues that Kennedy and Kruschev each assumed personal control of negotiations in a way that rendered threats of war from hawkish subordinates all bark and no bite.



  • The Desert Keeps Receipts

    by B. Erin Cole

    A meditation on the preservation of the Nevada Test Site in graphic form.



  • New Video Shows Largest Hydrogen Bomb Ever Exploded

    Although the Soviet Union succeeded in testing a hydrogen bomb more than three times more powerful than the largest U.S.-tested weapon, most military leaders in the cold war sought to make the weapons smaller for strategic reasons. Recently declassified Soviet video shows the test.