Global Inequalities Programme
Speaker: Dr Timmon Wallis
It is commonly believed that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 ended the Second World War and that nuclear weapons are what prevented the Soviet Union from invading Western Europe during the Cold War. Archives dating from the Japanese and Soviet governments at the time call both these theories into question, as does what we now know about the effectiveness of bombing cities as a military tactic. The Cuban Missile Crisis, far from being proof that nuclear deterrence 'works', is actually an example of how quiet, behind-the-scenes diplomacy saved the world from nuclear annihilation. As the global momentum for a new international treaty banning all nuclear weapons gathers pace, the argument that Trident is our ultimate deterrent against a resurgent Russia looks weaker than ever.
Refreshments available prior to the seminar