On February 22, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force. However, the treaty’s purpose of a nuclear-weapons-free world has faced opposition from the states who have nuclear weapons stockpiles. What does this mean for the future of nuclear armament? Can an international treaty lead to the removal of the nuclear threat to the planet? Doug Becker reviews the treaty and discusses the next steps in nuclear disarmament with Ira Helfand.

Ira Helfand is the Co-Chair of the Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Nuclear Abolition Committee.

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See Also:

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