According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute there are currently around 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with approximately 1800 of them kept in a state of ‘high operational alert’.
Perhaps even more worrying, is the fact that all nine nuclear-possessing nations, are either upgrading their existing nuclear weapons systems or working to develop new ones, according to SIPRI.
Earlier this year, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s latest round of talks all but collapsed, with analysts warning a new form of international agreement is needed to keep developments in check.
So how serious is the risk of a future nuclear conflict? And, given international tensions, is any hope of disarmament completely off the table?
To listen online, download the audio file or read the transcript – plus links to sources of further information – please follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/the-danger-of-a-future-nuclear-winter/6758122
- Elbridge Colby, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, Centre for American Security
- Dr Helen Caldicott, President of the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Planet
- Dr Andrew Davies, Senior Analyst and Director of Research, Australian Strategic Studies Institute
- Dr Ramesh Thakur, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Australian National University