The world is on the precipice of a new and dangerous nuclear era and is held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by a simple accident, failed diplomacy or an act of terrorism. The sustained, current proliferation of nuclear weapons has led to the reality of a global nuclear arsenal capable of obliterating all life on planet earth. This now looms as perhaps the most consequential global issue: the nuclear tipping point.
This presentation examined how even a limited regional nuclear exchange would result in a global environmental catastrophe that would dwarf Chernobyl and Fukushima. It then assesses the global policy initiatives through which the international community attempts to mitigate the nuclear dangers, including nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, which remain central to maintaining international peace and security.
Seven decades after the dawn of the nuclear age, the world faces a critical challenge: whether to risk tipping the precarious nuclear balance in the direction of global disaster or continue working towards a world free of nuclear dangers.