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Nobel Peace Prize: How the U.S. can maintain its moral authority in a world opposed to nuclear weapons

Nobel Peace Prize: How the U.S. can maintain its moral authority in a world opposed to nuclear weapons

In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize today to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Nobel committee acknowledged the limitation of the group’s efforts. None of the world’s nuclear powers participated in the negotiations that led to the nuclear ban treaty adopted by the United Nations in June, and the accord comes at a time when the risk of nuclear war is greater than it has been since at least the end of the Cold War. At the time, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, called the effort unrealistic, saying “Is there anyone who thinks that North Korea would ban nuclear weapons?”

Since then, the situation has become even more...

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