The best way for our leaders to remember the dead on Armistice Day? Do everything they can to avoid a nuclear war
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, one of the world’s most horrific conflicts. One of the best accounts of how this tragedy began, by the historian Christopher Clark, details how a group of well-meaning European leaders – “The Sleepwalkers” – led their nations into a war with 40 million military and civilian casualties. Today, we face similar risks of mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals, compounded by the potential for the use of nuclear weapons – where millions could be killed in minutes rather than over four years of protracted trench warfare. Do we have the tools to prevent an incident turning into unimaginable catastrophe?
Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group: How to Reduce Nuclear Risks in Helsinki
Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn issued a statement in Moscow, Munich, London and Washington with specific proposals for the two presidents for reducing and eliminating nuclear and other military risks.
Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Op-ed in The Washington Post: What to Do If the Talks with North Korea Succeed
Former Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar encourage leaders to use the Nunn-Lugar Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991 as a model for verifying possible nuclear disarmament if a deal is reached in upcoming US-North Korea talks.
On Iran and North Korea: Don’t trust, and verify, verify, verify
Ernest J. Moniz, the former US secretary of energy, is CEO and co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. In this op-ed, published in the Boston Globe, he discusses the powerful verification measures within the Iran Deal and the importance of staying in the agreement, particularly as talks with North Korea approach.
In the Euro-Atlantic region today, the risks of a fateful error leading to nuclear conflict are compounded by heightened tensions between NATO and Russia – and little communication between military and political leaders. In the absence of some positive initiative, we will continue to drift toward danger.
Ernest J. Moniz and Sam Nunn call on the United States and the other nuclear weapons states to take immediate action to reduce the risk of a nuclear accident, mistake or miscalculation in Bloomberg View.