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Monday, January 28, 2013

Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear weapons have always been a serious but seemingly insoluble problem: while they’re obviously dangerous, they are also, apparently, necessary. Ward Wilson's work argues that five central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths. Specifically: that nuclear weapons necessarily shock and awe opponents, including Japan at the end of World War II that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis that destruction wins wars that the bomb has kept the peace for sixty-five years and that we can’t put the nuclear genie back in the bottle Drawing on new information and the latest historical research, Wilson poses a fundamental challenge to the arguments on which nuclear weapons policy is currently built, arriving at a surprising conclusion: nuclear weapons are enormously dangerous, but don’t appear to be terribly useful. Why, he asks, would we want to keep technology that’s dangerous but not very useful?

  • Location:
    Belfer Center Library (Littauer 369)
  • Date:
    Monday, January 28, 2013
  • Time:
    10:00 AM

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