Monthly Archives: April 2015

Structural violence and nuclear deterrence

Arguably, the bureaucratic procedures of the nuclear weapons control regime serve to cloak the possibility of structural nuclear violence that threatens catastrophic humanitarian consequences for the whole world.

By John Borrie

I’ve just read David Graeber’s book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy (Melville House, 2015). With a title like that, and in the hinterland of United Nations bureaucracy in the Palais des Nations bookstore, who was I to resist the book?

Bunker-busting myths

The notion of ‘precise’ and ‘containable’ use of nuclear weapons is both misinformed and dangerous.

by Tim Caughley

International scrutiny and awareness of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons have increased markedly in recent years. Considerable new research has been published, and the United Nations and the Red Cross Movement have raised their deepening concerns about the risks to humanity of the detonation of nuclear weapons in populated areas, whether accidentally or by design.