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Daisy Newsletter
December 2009
Take Action!

Give the gift of peace this holiday season and help provide a future free from the threat of nuclear annihilation.  The peace and security of the world is severely threatened by nuclear weapons.  New threats in the form of nuclear arms races, nuclear terrorism, and horizontal proliferation are emerging everyday.  Daisy Alliance is actively working to eliminate nuclear weapons globally.  Take action this month by joining our cause and supporting the international nonproliferation and disarmament movement.

What Can You Do?

Join Daisy Alliance today and help support our mobilization and education efforts.

Raise awareness!  Tell everyone you know about the dangers of nuclear weapons.  Encourage your friends and family to support the cause.


Daisy Alliance wishes you and your family a holiday season filled with peace and hope!
News and Notes

On November 14-15, 2009, the International Peace Bureau held its annual conference in Washington, D.C.  The conference was attended by IPB member organizations and peace movements from 21 countries.  Copies of the conference presentations are available for download on the IPB website.
Opinion: Daisy Alliance Blog

"For Whom the Black Swan Sings"
 
The mere existence of nuclear weapons poses the risk of an impending "black swan"-a rare unpredictable event beyond the realm of normal expectations with the potential to create a major impact. Because there has never been a global nuclear crisis, and the Cold War has been over for about 20 years, the threat of nuclear weapons does not even rise to the level of the subconscious in many people. Paradoxically, the threat of a nuclear explosion in a major city has increased. By denying the internecine impact of these weapons on civilization and continually permitting the urgent to crowd out the important, the human species will inevitably sing its own swan song.
 
This has been an historic year for the nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament movement. Important changes have been made in intergovernmental relations that give cause for hope.  Read Full Article
 Feature Articles

"The Paradox of Robust Consensus"

In his recent blog post on Disarmament Insight, Tim Caughley, Resident Senior Fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research discusses the recently adopted UN resolution on arms transfers.  The resolution, which calls for legally binding international standards for conventional arms transfers, is a prelude to the 2012 Conference to produce a treaty on arms transfers.  Caughley analyzes whether the requirements of the resolution to produce a strong and robust treaty on the basis of consensus will actually produce a robust treaty, or end up as a document that plays to the least common denominator.

"Avoid Nukes Like the Plague"


Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, recently published this article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, "Reducing the Nuclear Threat: The Argument for Public Safety." Rhodes introduces a new approach to thinking about the dangers of nuclear weapons and promoting the disarmament agenda.  He argues that nuclear weapons pose a threat to public safety similar to the threat posed by infectious diseases.  Particularly with the increased risk of nuclear terrorist attacks, Rhodes suggests applying the success story of intergovernmental work on the prevention of infectious diseases to the nuclear weapons public safety threat.

"Balancing Economic Powers"

In a recent Foreign Policy article, "Why Obama Needs to Play His Cards Right with India," Daniel Trining comments on the Obama administration's cost-benefit approach to foreign policy, particularly when deciding whether to partner with India or China on a particular global issue.  Trining analyzes the role that India and China, both up and coming economic superpowers, play in international affairs, and argues that cooperation with India should be play a major role in U.S. foreign policy.

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