A Scan of Critical World Developments
The Tick-Tock of the Doomsday Clock
saber-rattling by Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump underscores the failure of both pillars of the NPT as a new nuclear power defies the non-proliferation objective and an old one disregards the disarmament aspiration. Moreover, the bellicosity and unpredictability of these leaders makes the presumption of rational actors, which underlies conventional nuclear deterrence doctrine, much less tenable. That alone seems reason enough to move the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight. In the short run, the vital check of diplomacy must reassert itself. In the long run, we must return to the vital work of advancing the Zero Option: a world without nuclear weapons.