New Book Launched:

Security and Survival:
The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention


On May 13, 1999, the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) released a new book, Security and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. To a capacity crowd at the Hague Peace Conference, Merav Datan (IPPNW),  Peter Weiss (LCNP), Jürgen Scheffran (INESAP) and Carlos Vargas (Consultant to the government of Costa Rica), outlined the rationale for, and the issues raised by, the project of achieving  a global treaty to eliminate nuclear forces. Security and Survival covers the same ground, considering many of the critical questions which have arisen since the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention was circulated by the United Nations in 1997 at the request of the government of Costa Rica. It includes comments from a number of scientists and disarmament experts on enforcement, security, breakout, deterrence, terrorism, health & the environment, cleanup & disposition, nuclear energy, weapons knowledge, conversion, research, economic aspects, and steps to disarmament. Security and Survival provides a vision of the final goal of nuclear abolition, a conception of how a denuclearized global society could work, and a map of how to get there. It is an invaluable resource in the campaign for nuclear disarmament.


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