Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revealed the new reality of great-power conflict, underwritten by nuclear weapons. Our task is to reject aligning with one of the great powers and to instead push for across-the-board nuclear disarmament.
John Carl Baker is a senior program officer at Ploughshares Fund. The views expressed here are his own. Baker's writing has appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the New Republic, Defense One, and elsewhere.
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