An arms race that no one can win

Current tensions with Iran, particularly, have heightened not just the risk of regional conflict but also of global nuclear war.

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Opinion

February 19, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Former California Governor Jerry Brown, executive chair, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, left, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 23, in a presentation warning the world about the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. Photo by (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Welcome to the 21st century nuclear arms race. Once again, we’re teetering on the brink of nuclear conflict instead of taking critical steps toward de-escalation and disarmament.

If it feels like we’re in the middle of a wacky James Bond movie plot, that’s not far off. Any progress we were making toward nuclear safety is being rapidly, systematically and recklessly dismantled by the Trump administration.

Current tensions with Iran, particularly after the assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, have heightened not just the risk of regional conflict but also of global nuclear war.

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