As the world pushes for a ban on nuclear weapons, Australia votes to stay on the wrong side of history

More than 70 years after the Hiroshima bombing, a majority of countries are pushing for a legally-binding treaty against nuclear weapons. Tim Wright/ICAN/Flickr, CC BY-NC Tilman Ruff, University of Melbourne In early December, the nations of the world are poised to take an historic step forward on nuclear weapons. Yet most Australians still haven’t heard [...]

The nuclear threat: reflections on the atomic age

It is estimated that 73,000 people died within seconds in Nagasaki, the second Japanese city to fall victim to the atomic bomb. AAP/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum Joseph Siracusa, RMIT University and Frank Gavin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology With the end of the Cold War, the nuclear arms race came to a virtual halt, but the [...]

Trump can’t win: the North Korea crisis is a lose-lose proposition for the US

North Korea is more likely to use nuclear weapons if backed into a corner where the perpetuation of the Kim regime was directly threatened. Reuters/KCNA Benjamin Habib, La Trobe University North Korea’s sixth nuclear test confirms it is very close to perfecting a miniaturised warhead for deployment on its missile delivery systems. The 6.3 magnitude [...]

North Korea tests not just a bomb but the global nuclear monitoring system

Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO at a press briefing following the recent suspected nuclear test in North Korea. CTBTO, CC BY-NC Trevor Findlay, University of Melbourne North Korea’s apparent nuclear detonation on September 3 has drawn our attention to a remarkable international organisation that helps detect and identify nuclear tests. For the Vienna-based [...]

Australia must sign the prohibition on nuclear weapons: here’s why

Tilman Ruff, University of Melbourne On Wednesday a historic ceremony will take place in the UN General Assembly – the opening for signature of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. More than 40 are expected to sign today, and [...]