US looks for nuclear weapons it can actually us

24 October 2016

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Not many Australian academics convince a US president to adopt a less dangerous nuclear weapons strategy. Yet this is what the former US President Jimmy Carter credits Des Ball with doing.

Carter wrote in 2012 that Ball’s work made a great difference by demonstrating “the degree of wishful thinking” behind the policy the US adopted in the mid-1970s based on the premise that a limited nuclear war could be fought and won.

Carter said Ball, a strategic specialist at the Australian National University who died on October 12, showed “a catastrophic slide into uncontrolled escalation and all-out nuclear war was a realistic possibility”. Nevertheless, the likely next US President, Hillary Clinton, is committed to a similar policy.

Read full article US looks for nuclear weapons it can actually use published in The Australian Financial Review.

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