Escalating urgency of a US-Iran nuclear deal

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May 17, 2021

Four soldiers carrying rifles near helicopter under blue sky.
Four soldiers carrying rifles near helicopter under blue sky. Credit: Somchai Kongkamsri. Access via Pexels. Free to use.

NUCLEAR RISK
Calling the shots: Lawyers in war
When we think of war, we might think of soldiers on the front line as the ones responsible for the death or injuries of those they are targeting. But research suggests lawyers trained as soldiers are increasingly deciding who lives and who dies in modern conflicts. Read more.

Geoffrey Supran addressing a crowd. Image courtesy of Audrey Eyring/Union of Concerned Scientists
Geoffrey Supran in action. Image courtesy of Audrey Eyring/Union of Concerned Scientists

CLIMATE CHANGE
Geoffrey Supran’s pivot from scientist to activist
He was a self-described lab guy until “I realized we already have most of the technologies we need to begin tackling the climate crisis, and what we truly lack is political will.” Read more.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing a ceremony to mark Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars on April 14, 2021. Credit: Israeli Government Press Office/Kobi Gideon
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing a ceremony to mark Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars on April 14, 2021. Credit: Israeli Government Press Office/Kobi Gideon

NUCLEAR RISK
Israeli public opinion makes a US-Iran nuclear deal urgent
Doreen Horschig surveyed Israeli adults and discovered astounding support for a nuclear first strike against a nuclear-armed Iran — a finding that highlights the urgency of reviving the Iran nuclear deal. Read more.

CALLING ALL DESIGNERS
To celebrate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock, we’re looking for cool T-shirt designs for our Threadless store. Bragging rights and $1,000 are at stake. Learn more.

From left, photos of Hans Kristensen, Heather Williams and Julian Borger
From left, Hans Kristensen, Heather Williams and Julian Borger.

WHAT’S NEW AT THE BULLETIN
Bulletin virtual program: The UK’s new nuclear posture
On May 27, join the Federation of American Scientists’ Hans Kristensen and MIT’s Heather Williams in conversation with The Guardian’s Julian Borger to discuss the United Kingdom’s decision to increase its nuclear stockpile limit. Hear how that choice fits into global trends towards nuclear modernization but also what can be done to keep on the path of disarmament. Register here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The legal and political debate about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons should be mutually respectful and accurate, while recognizing the divergent merits of the treaty’s pro and con arguments.”
— David A. Koplow & Edward M. Ifft, “Legal and political myths of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” Our Premium May Magazine.

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