Useful Resources

2015-2016 Critical Issues Forum
Useful Resources
Topic: Global Nuclear Vulnerability: Lessons for a More Peaceful World
*Please note that more resources will be added to the section of This year’s topic-specific resources.”


General resources

Nuclear Threat Initiative Tutorials

Melissa Gillis, “Disarmament: A Basic Guide”, United Nations

((NPT–section 4, beginning on page 31)

Which Countries Have Nuclear Weapons-BBC News World-Video

United Nations Audio Visual Library of International Law– NPT

United Nations Disarmament Education

US State Department–NPT

Nuclear Disarmament Resource Collection

Global Zero Interactive Map

Nuclear Notebook (for nuclear weapons numbers)

What is Nuclear?

Nick Touran, “What is Nonproliferation?”

U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Control, Council on Foreign Relations

William Harris, Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D. and John Fuller, “How Nuclear Bombs Work”

How Stuff Works: Nuclear Weapons

Federation of American Scientists: The Nuclear Information Project

Nuclear Threat Initiative 3-D Research Model of Facilities


This year’s topic-specific resources:

Back to the Nuclear Brink New!                                                                                                                By Daryl G. Kimball March 2016

The Nuclear Threat is More Complex and Unpredictable Than Ever  New!                                     December 31, 2015

See Inside the Underground Bunker That Could Launch a Nuclear War New!                                    By Dan Sagalyn, pbs newshour, Feb 25, 2016.                              

Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War: Taking Nuclear Weapons Off High Alert New! 
Union of Concerned Scientists, Feb 12, 2016.

Six Things You Should Know About the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Arsenal
On website, Feb 1, 2016.

Lowering Nuclear Risks: An Interview with Former Defense Secretary William Perry New!
Interviewed by Daniel Horner and Kingston Reif, Arms Control Today, Jan/Feb 2016

The Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe is Greater Today than during the Cold War
By William J. Perry, The Huffington Post, January 20, 2016

Nuclear weapons risk greater than in cold war, says ex-Pentagon chief
The Guardian, January 7, 2016

As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy New!
William Broad and David Sanger, The New York Times, January 11, 2016

Nuclear Weapons Countries: Military Incidents New!
March 2014-November 2015
Global Zero

Beyond the Summit: New Approaches to Nuclear Approaches New!                                                 by Gov Jerry Brown and Sec William J Perry

Future of Life New!

Why you should care about nukes New!

William J. Perry Project Website

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, (BOOK)
By William Perry, Former US Secretary of Defense

My Personal Journey At the Nuclear Brink
Dr. William Perry, Former US Secretary of Defense,

Close Calls With Nuclear Weapons (Fact Sheet)
Union of Concerned Scientists

Close Calls With Nuclear Weapons

Avoiding War in Europe: The Risks From NATO-Russian Close Military Encounters
Ian Kearns – Arms Control Association

The Greatest Terrorist Threat: How to Stop Nuclear Material from Falling into the Wrong Hands
Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar, and Des Browne – Politico

Close Encounters: Risking an Accidental War
John Donnelly – CQ

Remembering the Cuban missile crisis, with humility
Benoit Pelopidas – European Leadership Network

NATO War Games Unwittingly Put Soviets and U.S. on ‘Hair Trigger’ in ’83, Analysis Suggests
Sam Roberts – New York Times

How a nuclear near-miss in ’95 would be a disaster today
Theodore Postol – Boston Globe

Disarm and Modernize
John Mecklin – Foreign Policy

5 Cold War Close Calls
Evan Andrews – History

Could U.S.-Russia Tensions go Nuclear?
Bruce Blair – Politico

20 Mishaps that Might Have Started a Nuclear War
Alan F. Philips – Nuclear Files

13 Times the U.S. Almost Destroyed Itself With It’s Own Nuclear Weapons
Bethan Owen – Deseret

Nuclear Command and Control: A History of False Alarms and Near Catastrophes
Eric Schlosser – NPR

Honey, There’s a Nuclear Bomb in the Yard
Japan Times

Analysis/Fact Sheets

Global Zero Report on Nuclear Risk Reduction: De-Alerting and Stabilizing the World’s Nuclear Force Postures
Global Zero

Too Close for Comfort: Cases for Nuclear Use and Options for Policy
Patricia Lewis, Heather Williams, Benoit Pelopidas, and Sasan Aghlani – Chatham House Report

Close Calls With Nuclear Weapons

Close Calls With Nuclear Weapons (Fact Sheet)
Union of Concerned Scientists


Country-specific Information

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

Nuclear Threat Initiative Country Profiles


Movies, videos, interactive maps

The Man Who Saved the World



Dr. Strangelove

The Bomb
PBS Video
A powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, outlining how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. Witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare views of above-ground nuclear tests.

NukeMap by Alex Wellerstein
(Interactive Map that allows you to simulate the real life effects of a Nuclear Bomb in any area)

United Nations

International Atomic Energy Agency

Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Preparatory Commission

EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2015 First Plenary Session
The NPT Review Conference and the Future of Nuclear Disarmament


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

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
Text and documents from NPT and PrepCom Conferences.

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

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization
Main website for treaty text and status, recent news, international monitoring system status, and updates.


Nuclear Weapons Free Zones

Overview, map, definition


Selected NGO/Research Institutes:

Acronym Institute

Arms Control Association:

Arms Control Today

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Nuclear Policy Program

Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies

Center for Defense Information (joined the Project on Government Oversight)

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Federation of American Scientists

Global Security Institute

Institute for National Strategic Studies

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

National Institute for Public Policy (NIPP):

Natural Resources Defense Council:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

PIR Center (Moscow)

Ploughshares Fund

Physicians for Social Responsibility (Nuclear Weapons)

Reaching Critical Will

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Union of Concerned Scientists



Arms Control Wonk

Federation of American Scientists Strategic Security Blog

Arms Control Now (Blog of Arms Control Association)