When the first atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it could hardly have been imagined that nearly sixty years later 34,145 nuclear weapons would be in existence. In a long career as a parliamentarian, diplomat, and educator, I have come to the conclusion that the abolition of nuclear weapons is the indispensable condition for peace in the twenty-first century. Yet progress toward that goal has been halted.
In May a conference of...
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Douglas Roche is former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, Senator emeritus, and author of The Human Right to Peace (Novalis, 2003). He was chairman, in 1988, of the United Nations Disarmament Committee.