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Nuclearism today
Modernization, the persistence of deterrence, and ongoing dangers
in Challenging nuclearism
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This chapter canvasses briefly the continuation of nuclearism today, primarily by looking at the current actions of the nuclear weapon states. This chapter explores the continuation of nuclearism today by looking at the current actions of the nuclear weapon states. Despite hopes that the ending of the Cold War had brought an end to the heavy reliance on nuclear weapons, the current policies of the nuclear weapon states, the modernization of their nuclear forces, their continuing faith in nuclear deterrence, and their persistence in maintaining large arsenals (especially the United States and Russia), with many weapons on high-alert status, all serve to demonstrate the entrenched nature of nuclearism. The picture today shows no sign that the elements which built and sustained the faith in, and reverence for, nuclear weapons have weakened. There has been no fundamental shift in thinking, despite the changed circumstances brought about by the end of the Cold War, despite the persistence of nuclear dangers and ‘near-misses’, and despite the emergence of new national and global threats against which such weapons will be unsuitable and irrelevant.

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Challenging nuclearism

A humanitarian approach to reshape the global nuclear order


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