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It’s two minutes to midnight—midnight meaning nuclear armageddon, at least according to the “Doomsday Clock.”

From the INF Treaty between the US and Russia being in tatters, to dangers brewing on the Korean Peninsula; from tensions rising in the South China Sea and the trade war between the US and China, to Pakistan and India’s continued stockpiling of nuclear weapons; not to mention the possibility of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East—it’s no wonder that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is calling the nuclear situation around the world “dire.”

Whether by miscalculation or accident—or, potentially worse, with explicit intent—the use of nuclear weapons by one or more nuclear powers around the world is on the minds of citizens, both in the United States and abroad.

Many thought the world had passed the stage of history defined by nuclear danger. But that danger seems to be returning to the forefront of international relations.

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a program with Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Suzanne DiMaggio, a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who discussed the status of global nuclear threats, as well as potential paths toward reducing these threats.

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