In January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the minute hand of their Doomsday Clock had moved forward to 2 1/2 minutes to midnight - the closest it has been since 1953. The use of even a single nuclear weapon by states or terrorists would be a catastrophic world-changing event. With 15,000 nuclear warheads worldwide and loose talk about a nuclear arms race coming from the White House, what are the real threats and dangers posed by nuclear weapons?
We inaugurate our new Women and Leadership series with speaker Elena Sokova, Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. In an international field dominated by men, Sokova has risen to the top position at the largest nongovernmental organization in the world dedicated to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.