by Daryl G. Kimball, who has studied and written about nuclear weapons policy issues for 26 years as an analyst with Physicians for Social Responsibility, at the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, and, since 2001, as the executive director of the non-partisan, independent Arms Control Association, in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter: @DarylGKimball.
As the United States and other nations appropriately focus on the steps necessary to deal with the deadly effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, the international community cannot afford to lose sight of the other global challenges that threaten all of us: the worsening planetary climate emergency and the ongoing threat of catastrophic nuclear war.
We’re not only at a pivotal point in the struggle against the fast-moving coronavirus; we are also at a tipping point in the long-running effort to reduce the threat of nuclear war and eliminate nuclear weapons. Tensions between the world’s nuclear-armed states are rising; the risk of nuclear use is growing; billions of dollars are being spent to replace and upgrade nuclear weapons; agreements that have kept nuclear competition in check are in serious jeopardy.