The historical past of nuclear weapons is, fortunately, largely a historical past of issues that haven’t occurred. Since 1945, nuclear weapons have dominated technique and statecraft, however they haven’t been used after the primary two bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Professor Frank Gavin of Johns Hopkins Faculty for Superior Worldwide Research, and Chair of the Texas Nationwide Safety Evaluation editorial board, discusses the historical past and politics of nuclear technique and statecraft. His discuss is each wide-ranging and particular. Gavin examines the massive points associated to nuclear weapons, and the paradoxes of technique that possession of nuclear weapons creates — resembling the truth that the one manner to make sure that these horrible weapons are by no means used is to look like credibly poised to make use of them. This discuss was offered as a part of the Summer season Seminar on Historical past and Statecraft sponsored by the Clements Middle on the College of Texas, Austin, and held at Beaver Creek, Colorado.
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