"CRITICAL MASS" - News from Global Zero

The recent demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty leaves only one verifiable restraint on the world’s largest nuclear arsenals: the New START agreement.

Absent extension by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, New START expires in 16 months. Preserving this final guardrail against nuclear arms-racing is critical to our goal of getting back on track to zero.

Global Zero is leading a coalition of organizations working to build support for a 5-year extension of the treaty. This work includes extensive coordination of influential Americans and Europeans, education and engagement of key U.S. members of Congress, and sustained advocacy by former top military brass and defense officials.

But just as importantly, we’re looking to the future and laying the groundwork for what comes next: a follow-on agreement that brings other nuclear-armed governments to the table for the first time in history. To that end, Global Zero is working to develop a draft treaty that can be picked up by the American, Russian and Chinese governments following the U.S. presidential election in 2020.

It’s an ambitious, forward-thinking project that has to start now so we’re ready when opportunity knocks. We have already engaged our international network of leaders and experts to develop and advance this agenda.

Even in this tough geopolitical climate, I’m hopeful. I am 37 years old; over the course of my relatively short life, more than 80% of global nuclear stockpiles have been eliminated. If we can help Washington and Moscow find a way back to our historical trajectory, most of us could live to see a world without these weapons.

That is a goal worthy of every conceivable effort. 

With conviction and resolve,

Derek Johnson
Executive Director, Global Zero
 

BIG UPDATES

PARTNERING WITH THE ELDERS
Jessica Sleight, Program Director

Partnering with the Elders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On September 26, Global Zero partnered with The Elders on a special event for the diplomatic and expert community in Washington focused on promoting global No First Use. The panel discussion was hosted by Norway’s Ambassador to the United States Kåre R. Aas at his official residence; included remarks from GZ Co-Founder Bruce Blair, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman, and Nuclear Crisis Group Director Jon Wolfsthal; and was moderated by Alexandra Bell, a former State Department official now serving as Senior Policy Director at the Council for a Liveable World.
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SAVING NEW START
Jon Wolfsthal, NCG Director
Like many other parts of the traditional American security system, the New START agreement is under threat from the Trump administration and its radical approach to U.S. nuclear policy. The path to the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons requires maintaining and expanding the current arms control systems and, as such, Global Zero is working to support existing controls.
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DEEP DIVE

Utah and the Nation Would Be Safer Without the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent
Deseret News | Sep. 25, 2019

Utah and the Nation Would Be Safer Without the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent  DESERET NEWS | SEP. 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Blair and Princeton researcher Dr. Frank von Hippel make the case against new U.S. silo-based nuclear missiles.
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Our Apocalypses, Ourselves
Inkstick | Aug. 28, 2019

Our Apocalypses, Ourselves INKSTICK | AUG. 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our program associate, Emma Claire Foley, discusses the historical links between nuclear weapons and climate change.
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Who Needs ICBMs?
Defense One | Aug. 6, 2019

Who Needs ICBMs? DEFENSE ONE | AUG. 6, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GZ Program Director Jessica Sleight teams up with William Hartung at the Center for International Policy to make the case for phasing out U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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We Still Can’t ‘Win’ a Nuclear War. Pretending We Could is a Dangerous Fantasy.
Washington Post | Aug. 1, 2019

We Still Can’t ‘Win’ a Nuclear War. Pretending We Could is a Dangerous Fantasy. WASHINGTON POST | AUG. 1, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Blair and Jon Wolfsthal argue that No First Use is the bulwark we need against dangerous miscalculation, arms racing, and nuclear war.
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SPOTLIGHT

New Princeton Video Myth-Busts “Limited” Nuclear War
Global Zero | Sep. 30, 2019

New Princeton Video Myth-Busts “Limited” Nuclear War GLOBAL ZERO | SEP. 30, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Plan A” – created with help from Bruce Blair – shows how a nuclear conflict could spiral out of control and leave 90 million dead or dying in the first few hours.
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Podcast: Press the Button
Ploughshares Fund | Aug. 13, 2019

Podcast: Press the Button PLOUGHSHARES FUND | AUG. 13, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Sleight joined Press the Button, a popular new podcast on nuclear policy and national security, to talk about Russia’s nuclear-powered cruise missile explosion and American ICBMs.
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U.S. Withdrawal of Nuclear Treaty Sparks Arms Race Concerns
PBS Newshour | Aug. 3, 2019

U.S. Withdrawal of Nuclear Treaty Sparks Arms Race Concerns PBS NEWSHOUR | AUG. 3, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newshour’s Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Jon Wolfsthal about the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty and what it means for nuclear arms control.
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IN THE NEWS

This Picture Could Mean Russia and America Have Entered into a New Arms Race
National Interest | Aug. 19, 2019

This Picture Could Mean Russia and America Have Entered into a New Arms Race NATIONAL INTEREST | AUG. 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The demise of INF and Trump’s plans for new nuclear weapons increases the odds of blundering into nuclear war, says Bruce Blair.
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Are We Headed for Another Expensive Nuclear Arms Race?
The New York Times | Aug. 8, 2019

Are We Headed for Another Expensive Nuclear Arms Race? THE NEW YORK TIMES | AUG. 8, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump’s desire to engage China is a good one, but it’s unrealistic to expect China to enter arms control agreements with the U.S. and Russia at this point, argues Jon Wolfsthal.
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Warren's Pledge to Avoid First Nuclear Strike Sparks Pushback
The Hill | Aug. 4, 2019

Warren's Pledge to Avoid First Nuclear Strike Sparks Pushback THE HILL | AUG. 4, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No First Use is exactly the kind of far-reaching policy agenda we need to defuse nuclear flashpoints globally, says GZ Executive Director Derek Johnson.
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Trump Administration Barreling Toward New Nuclear Arms Race With Russia
U.S. News | Aug. 1, 2019

Trump Administration Barreling Toward New Nuclear Arms Race With Russia U.S. NEWS | AUG. 1, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The death of the INF Treaty will only accelerate our downward spiral into nuclear chaos and potential catastrophe, says Jon Wolfsthal.
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