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Viewing Nuclear Weapons through a Humanitarian Lens

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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. Drawing on a range of perspectives, this volume explores what viewing nuclear weapons through a humanitarian lens entails, and why it is of value. Recent developments in this respect are also examined, and what these could mean for nuclear arms control in the near future.

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Foreword

Although the number of nuclear weapons in the world has fallen dramatically since the Cold War, more than two decades after it ended there are still approximately 17,000 of these arms in the arsenals of states. The detonation of even a single nuclear weapon, whether intentional or accidental, could cause catastrophic short- and longer-term consequences for human beings, their societies, and the environment. Such a detonation would probably have lasting, global implications.

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