Nuclear Weapons in the Taiwan Strait (July 2020)

Gregory Kulacki

During the Taiwan Strait Crisis, which began in the fall of 1954 and ended in the fall of 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower prepared to attack the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with nuclear weapons to protect the government of Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan. US officials involved in the crisis believed credible US threats to use nuclear weapons deterred escalation, and those beliefs played a formative role in the evolution of US nuclear weapons policies that call for the first use of tactical nuclear weapons in a military crisis when victory using conventional weapons is not assured. This examination of the crisis, which includes consideration of documentation from PRC and Soviet archives, calls that belief into question.

★ Full text of REC-PP-10 (PDF) is here.
★ List of RECNA Policy Papers is here.

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Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament publishes a special collection of interviews with Frank von Hippel, a renowned physicist who has devoted his life to the quest for a world without nuclear weapons.

For 50 years, Dr. von Hippel has been working as a citizen-scientist to reduce the grave dangers to humankind from nuclear-weapon and nuclear-energy programs around the world. In this special collection of edited, illustrated and footnoted interviews, von Hippel describes in vivid personal detail the many policy battles he has taken on, the state of nuclear dangers today, and his hopes for a path forward.

For the collection, see here.

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Vol.3, Issue 1 of Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament (J-PAND) is now available online. There are 17 open access articles.

For the issue, see here.

In the issue, RECNA director Fumihiko Yoshida published an article on a workshop jointly held by Sejong Institute (ROK) and RECNA in June 2019. The article is a summary of policy proposal released as an outcome document of the workshop.

Yoshida, Fumihiko. 2020. “From Peace on Korean Peninsula to North East Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone.” Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament 3(1): 123-128. [Full Article]

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2020 Posters of “The World’s Nuclear Warheads Count” and “The World’s Fissile Material Inventory” were released. Please click on the thumbnail images below and download the pdf posters.

The World’s Nuclear Warheads Count

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>> Posters before 2020 can be downloaded from here.

The World’s Fissile Material Inventory

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>> Posters before 2020 can be downloaded from here.

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Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA) issued “Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapon (NPT) at its 50th year juncture: thoughts on the postponement of the NPT Review Conference” on April 3, 2020.

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