“Kenneth Waltz is dangerous – but not crazy. It is his brand of instrumental rationality, dominant in many influential venues, which helps to explain the development and retention of nuclear weapons despite the risks and immorality of the undertaking. If human society is ever to be again relatively safe, secure and morally coherent, a first step is to renounce nuclear weapons unconditionally and proceed with urgency by way of an agreed, phased, monitored and verified international treaty to ensure their elimination. Deterrence is not just an unrealistic expectation, but a continuing crime against humanity of unprecedented magnitude and clarity.”
Richard Falk argues for a different route to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East, and strongly criticises Kenneth Waltz’s arguments in favour of allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
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