Readings to Support Learning

2012-2013 Critical Issues Forum

Useful Resources

Topic: Toward a World without Nuclear Weapons: Progress, Prospects, and Challenges


  • Nuclear Disarmament Resource Collection

  • Global Zero Interactive Map

  • What is Nuclear?

  • How Nuclear Bombs Work

  • How Stuff Works: Nuclear Weapons

  • Disarmament: A Basic Guide

  • The Nuclear Information Project

Country-specific Information


  • Arms Control Association

A web source on arms control containing issue briefs, fact sheets, threat assessment briefs, and current event reports.

Fact Sheets: Country Profiles

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  • PBS Newshour: Tracking Nuclear Weapons

  • Nuclear Threat Initiative Country Profiles

Government Resources


  • U.S. State Department

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

History overview, treaty text, documents, statements and press releases.

New START Treaty
Resources with treaty text, statements, fact sheets, press releases, and a timeline.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Resources/General Information on Nuclear Disarmament


  • United Nations

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

Main website for sources pertaining to disarmament containing spotlights on recent developments, updates and announcements.

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research /Disarmament Forum

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

Text and documents from NPT and PrepCom Conferences.

Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (NWFZ)

Treaties, guidelines and map of NWFZ.

Applying a Disarmament Lens to Gender, Human Rights, Development, Security, Education and Communication: Six Essays

Click to access NGO_pub_2012.pdf

  • International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA Training Resources and Materials

Contains training services, tools, courses, fellowships and links to regional cooperation networks.

  • Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization

Main website for treaty text and status, recent news, international monitoring system status, and updates.

NGO/Research Institutes/Media

  • Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

Contains news, research and analysis publications, and parliamentary records relating to peace, disarmament and human security.

Country Profiles

An interactive map offering snapshots of the disarmament and nonproliferation commitments by each country.

  • Arms Control Association

  • Federation of American Scientists

Nuclear Information Project

  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Nuclear Policy Program

  • Institute for Science and International Security

A think tank providing analyses about science and policy issues affecting international security. Contains country specific satellite imagery analyses, historical overview of nuclear weapons programs worldwide and news publications.

  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

International Organization & Nonproliferation Programs Inventory

Nonproliferation Review

WMD Junction

  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies

  • Nuclear Threat Initiative

Country Profiles

An overview of country’s nuclear, chemical biological and missile programs.

Nuclear Security Project

Treaties and Regimes

An overview on treaties, organizations, regimes relating to nuclear disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

  • Ploughshares Fund

World Nuclear Stockpile Report

What Nuclear Weapons Cost Us

  • Reaching Critical Will

Disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom covering multilateral disarmament meetings, carrying out research and analysis on disarmament, military spending and human security.

  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

  • Union of Concerned Scientists

Citizens and scientists providing research on nuclear weapons and global security, missile defense, nuclear terrorism, and space weapons.

  • Disarmament Forum
    Civil society and nuclear disarmament , 2010 No 4 United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

  • Civil Society and Disarmament

Click to access NGO_pub_2012.pdf

Future Challenges

  • Reaching Critical Will: Publications

  • Reaching Critical Will: Delegitimisation of nuclear weapons

NGO/Advocacy Groups

  • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Learn Peace

Activity book for primary and secondary school students. Activities include mock UN debates, writing competitions, conducting opinion polls and role-playing a nuclear crisis.


  • Arms Control Wonk

  • FAS Strategic Security Blog

  • Arms Control Now, Blog of the Arms Control Association

  • Nukes of Hazard

  • Russia’s nuclear weapons

Interactive Websites/Multi Media:

  • CTBT

Map of treaty status, the international monitoring system, and locations of nuclear explosions.

Compilation of videos regarding ending nuclear testing, the monitoring systems, inspections, and interviews with specialists and scientists.


Bird’s eye view of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts o the globe.

  • WMD Awareness Programme

  • NukeTube

  • Atomic Archive

Op-Eds, Analyses and other Publications

  • Critical Questions: Urgent Decisions for the Second Obama Administration, CNS experts propose nonproliferation and disarmament priorities

  • Schultz, George P., et. al, “Toward a Nuclear-Free World,” Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, (January 15, 2008).

  • Schultz, George P., William et. al, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, (January 4, 2007).

  • Schultz, George P., William et. al, “Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Proliferation,” Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, (March 7, 2011)

  • Schultz, George P., William et. al, “How to Protect Our Nuclear Deterrent” Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, (Jan 20, 2010)

  • Jeffrey Lewis, “Bar Nunn,” The US and Russia never really cured their nuclear mistrust. And now it’s come back. Foreign Policy, Oct 17, 2012.

  • Hurd, Douglas, et al, “Start Worrying and Learn to Ditch the Bomb,” The Times, (June 30, 2008).

  • Gorbachev, Mikhail, “The Nuclear Threat,” Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, (January 31, 2007).

  • Buck Rogers and the atomic education of America

Additional Advanced Resources

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate

Beyond Treaties: Immediate Steps to Reduce Nuclear Dangers

Deterrence During Disarmament: Deep Nuclear Reductions and International Security

Reducing the Role of Nuclear Weapons: What the NDPI Can Do

  • Reaching Critical Will, “The 2010 NPT Action Plan Monitoring Report”

Movies, Videos

  • Nuclear Tipping Point (2010)

A documentary tackling nuclear dangers and the ongoing work of four Cold Warriors and their vision of a world without nuclear weapons and the steps to get there.

  • UN Educational Movies

Embrace! A world free of nuclear weapons

Short film tracing the history of nuclear weapons tests since 1945 and their devastating effects on the environment and human health.

Nuclear Weapons: and the Human Future – How you can make a difference

CTBT: For a Safer and More Secure World

The film depict activities for the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO in establishing a global verification regime to monitor compliance with the Treaty.

  • 1945-1998″ by Isao Hashimoto

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

  • Barefoot Gen (1983)

A story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy’s life and the lives of the Japanese people.

  • Dr. Strangelove (1964)

An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

  • Last Best Chance (2005)

A docudrama that shows the threat posed by vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials around the world and underscores what the stakes are.

  • The Day After Trinity (1981)

The film tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who led the effort to build the first atomic bomb.

  • White Light Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)

An HBO documentary film featuring interviews with fourteen Japanese survivors and four Americans involved in the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Teachers Guides

  • UN Cyber SchoolBus

  • Nuclear Tipping Point, Teacher’s Guide, (Published 2011).

  • PBS

Avoiding Armageddon

  • A World Without Weapons

  • Disarmament and Security Centre-Promoting Alternative Security

  • The Choices Program: History and Current Issues for the Classroom