What arguments motivate citizens to demand nuclear disarmament?

Author data: 
Anne I. Harrington, Eliza Gheorghe
Publication Date: 
July 2017
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security
The Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program
U.S.-Russian Security Relations
Document Type: 
Articles and Op-Eds

Why is the global public so apathetic about nuclear disarmament? To answer this question, this article examines the various arguments made in support of policies meant to rid the world of atomic weapons. They include the immorality of deterrence, its impracticality in a world where the enemy does not behave rationally, and the calamitous consequences of nuclear accidents. The authors argue that the approach with the highest chance of successfully stimulating political activism focuses on the current costs of maintaining nuclear arsenals.