Nuclear disarmament has stalled worldwide. Two decades after the end of the Cold War, up to 20,000 nuclear weapons still exist in military bases around the world. India and Pakistan have acquired the bomb, Iran is trying to get there - A strange fascination with a weapon we are unlikely to use.
Strategically useless, expensive and dangerous - the nuclear weapon has no reason to exist and should be banished. But nuclear disarmament still faces two main obstacles: The tendency to proliferation and the sad realities of international politics.
The civil use of nuclear power cannot be divorced from the history of the atomic bomb. We cannot continue to export reactor technology for civil use without undermining attempts to curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
It's easy to talk about disarmament. It's much harder to get it done. As long as treaties remain purposefully vague - and as long as we create more nuclear technology through the civilian use of nuclear power - disarmament is a fancy illusion.
What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.
For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using
The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.
More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the
Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.
Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.