An illusion of safety
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An illusion of safety

Challenges of nuclear weapon detonations for united nations humanitarian coordination and response

There is renewed and deep international concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from the detonation of nuclear weapons in populated areas. Yet 25 years after the end of the Cold War, nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence remain central to the security doctrines of a significant number of states. This volume explores the risks and consequences of a nuclear weapon detonation event especially for the United Nations system in terms of preparedness.
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This section explains what happens in a nuclear weapon detonation, and describes its effects. An appreciation of these features is important to understanding the challenges involved in assessing and responding to nuclear weapon detonations.