Nuclear disarmament has stalled worldwide. Two decades after the end of the Cold War, up to 20,000 nuclear weapons still exist in military bases around the world. India and Pakistan have acquired the bomb, Iran is trying to get there – A strange fascination with a weapon we are unlikely to use.
Strategically useless, expensive and dangerous – the nuclear weapon has no reason to exist and should be banished. But nuclear disarmament still faces two main obstacles: The tendency to proliferation and the sad realities of international politics.
The civil use of nuclear power cannot be divorced from the history of the atomic bomb. We cannot continue to export reactor technology for civil use without undermining attempts to curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons.