”The Winning Weapon? Rethinking Nuclear Weapons in Light of Hiroshima,” International Security.
This article reexamines the widely held presumption that nuclear weapons played a decisive role in winning the war in the Pacific. Based on new research from Japanese, Soviet, and U.S. archives, it concludes that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, played virtually no role in this outcome. A comparison of the responses of high-level Japanese officials to the bombing and the Soviet invasion on August 9 makes clear that the Soviet intervention touched off a crisis, while the bombing of Hiroshima did not. The article examines the evidence that, to save face, Japanese leaders blamed the bomb for losing the war.
“Effectively demolishes the widely-held myth that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought the war in the Pacific to a close.” –Freeman Dyson
“The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence,” Nonproliferation Review.
Independent scholar Ward Wilson took the grand prize of $10,000 with his impressive and detailed critique of the nature and effectiveness of nuclear deterrence. Wilson, who wrote a provocative article on a similar theme in International Security last year, is well on his way to deconstructing the most fundamental beliefs about nuclear weapons. — editor’s note
Books and reports
“Stable at Zero: Enforcing the Peace in a World Without Nuclear Weapons,” final chapter inElements of a Nuclear Disarmament Treaty by Barry Blechman and Alexander Bollfrass.
“Delegitimizing Nuclear Weapons: Examining the Validity of Nuclear Deterrence,” with Ken Berry, Patricia Lewis, Benoit Pelopedas, and Nikolai Sokov. Report commissioned by the Foreign Ministry of Switzerland.
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