We’ve released a new ‘problem profile’ on the risks posed by nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons that are currently armed have the potential to kill hundreds of millions of people directly, and billions through subsequent effects on agriculture. There are many examples in history of instances in which the US or Russia came close to accidentally or deliberately using their nuclear weapons.
Fortunately, nuclear security is already a major topic of interest for governments, inter-governmental organisations and think tanks. However, this does make it harder for any additional individual to influence the outcome.
Most opportunities to reduce the risks posed by nuclear weapons seem to be through work in the military or foreign policy establishments, or research in the think tanks that offer them ideas on how to lessen the risk of nuclear conflict.
In the profile we cover:
- The main reasons for and against thinking that nuclear security is a highly pressing problem to work on.
- How to use your career to ensure nuclear weapons are never used.