Nuclear-for-non-peaceful-purposes coming under world scrutiny through the Nobel Peace Prize of 2017

Frankly, I am not entirely sure if this win will actually change anything for nuclear politics. However, it does reignite interest in the issue from the public, perhaps, motivate them to understand the complexity of nuclear technology and how they could be deployed and what ignorance on that issue could do to the world. But Australia is certainly excited at the news, given that ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) was founded there.Given the increasingly hostile posturing among states known to have nuclear weapons program in recent months, it is unsurprising that the Nobel Prize should go to a group advocating for abolishing of such threats. Moreover, didn’t the IAEA just commemorated its 60th year in existence this year?

 

A whole bunch of other links here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-07/who-is-ican/9026326

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/10/6/16435752/ican-nobel-prize-2017-nuclear-weapons-explained

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/06/anti-nuclear-campaign-group-ican-wins-nobel-peace-prize

http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2017/10/06/le-prix-nobel-de-la-paix-2017-recompense-la-campagne-internationale-pour-labolition-des-armes-nucleaires_a_23234722/

 

On a different note, IAEA is trying to control the disbursement of enriched (low-enriched) uranium through the establishment of a banking facility in Astana, Kazakhstan, officially launched on August 29, 2017 to coincide with the Pugwash conference there. Too bad I left the city before the conference could happen.

 

 

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