In this post from the Global Sisters Report, an entry in the GCPE series on “The New Nuclear Era,” we see the potential of cooperation between secular and faith-based civil society activism for the renewed civil society movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament argues that we cannot rely on luck to protect us from the risk of nuclear war. As we mark the 77th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must remember what nuclear use means, and try and understand what nuclear war would look like today.
On the anniversary of the US dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) it is imperative that we examine the failures of nuclear deterrence as a security policy. Oscar Arias and Jonathan Granoff suggest nuclear weapons play a minimal deterrence role in NATO and put forth a bold proposal of making preparations for the withdrawal of all U.S. nuclear warheads from Europe and Turkey as a preliminary step to opening negotiations with Russia.
In 1986 the New Zealand government adopted Peace Studies guidelines in order to introduce peace education into the school curriculum. The following year, the parliament adopted legislation prohibiting nuclear weapons – cementing into policy a shift toward a common security based foreign policy. In this article, Alyn Ware commemorates the 35th anniversary of the nuclear-free legislation, highlights the connection between peace education and the shift in security policy, and recommends further action for the government and New Zealanders to help eliminate nuclear weapons globally.
Peace educators dealing with any disarmament issues should be familiar with the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and its highly regarded work on a broad range of issues related to weapons and armaments. Those who address the problematic of nuclear weapons and the movement for their elimination will find SIPRI’s research on stockpiling posted here useful learning material.
This post introduces “The New Nuclear Era,” a series intended to inspire peace educators to address the urgencies of a renewed civil society movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The series is presented in observation of two 40th anniversaries, significant to both the field of peace education and the nuclear abolition movement.