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The Global Collaborative on
Denuclearization Design
to achieve and sustain Zero Nuclear Weapons
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GC.DD is a collective research and study group on weapons denuclear-ization. We support courses and study by others, within and outside the academy.

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NTI Global Security Newswire. Weekdays & archive.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Proliferation News. Twice-weekly & archive.
Search Google news for ‘nuclear’ Ongoing.
CNS ChemBio-WMD Terrorism News. Email list.


Disarmament Diplomacy. Acronym Institute. London.
Nonproliferation Review. James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Monterey, California.
Arms Control Today. Arms Control Association. Washington.
Disarmament Forum. UNIDIR. Geneva.


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. CEIP Nonproliferation Program. Washington.
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. United Nations. New York.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Stockholm.
Nuclear Calendar. Friends Committee on National Legislation. Washington.


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2003.01.27  Monday
UNMOVIC head Hans Blix and IAEA head Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei delivered reports on arms inspections of Iraq to the United Nations Security Council.

• Blix Remarks, 2003.01.27.
• ElBaradei Remarks, 2003.01.27.

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2009.04.05    Sunday

US President Barack Obama declared his administration’s policy on nuclear proliferation and nuclear abolition in a speech delivered in Prague. Excerpts:

The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War. No nuclear war was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union, but generations lived with the knowledge that their world could be erased in a single flash of light. Cities like Prague that existed for centuries, that embodied the beauty and the talent of so much of humanity, would have ceased to exist.”

“Today, the Cold War has disappeared but thousands of those weapons have not. In a strange turn of history, the threat of global nuclear war has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up. More nations have acquired these weapons. Testing has continued. Black market trade in nuclear secrets and nuclear materials abound. The technology to build a bomb has spread. Terrorists are determined to buy, build or steal one. Our efforts to contain these dangers are centered on a global non-proliferation regime, but as more people and nations break the rules, we could reach the point where the center cannot hold.”

“ Now, understand, this matters to people everywhere. One nuclear weapon exploded in one city -– be it New York or Moscow, Islamabad or Mumbai, Tokyo or Tel Aviv, Paris or Prague –- could kill hundreds of thousands of people. And no matter where it happens, there is no end to what the consequences might be -– for our global safety, our security, our society, our economy, to our ultimate survival.”

“ Some argue that the spread of these weapons cannot be stopped, cannot be checked -– that we are destined to live in a world where more nations and more people possess the ultimate tools of destruction. Such fatalism is a deadly adversary, for if we believe that the spread of nuclear weapons is inevitable, then in some way we are admitting to ourselves that the use of nuclear weapons is inevitable.”

“ Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century. (Applause.) And as nuclear power –- as a nuclear power, as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it, we can start it.”

“ So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. (Applause.) I’m not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly –- perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence. But now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, ‘Yes, we can.’ (Applause.)”

“ Now, let me describe to you the trajectory we need to be on. First, the United States will take concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons. To put an end to Cold War thinking, we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same. Make no mistake: As long as these weapons exist, the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee that defense to our allies –- including the Czech Republic. But we will begin the work of reducing our arsenal.”

•  “Remarks of President Barack Obama, Hradcany Square, Prague, Czech Republic”. 2009.04.05.

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The Index to GC.DD Keynote Presentations links to several sets of vues, like the one above, but larger. Pass your mouse over a thumbnail: it will expand. Presentations can be browsed online or downloaded, as Keynote or PowerPoint files, from the Index.


The Brochure on Denuclearization Planning Groups and Projects on Denuclearization Design: a precis of some arguments in Designing Denuclearization.


1 Designing Denuclearization: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. Bruce D. Larkin. A book-length study. Ordering information.

2 GC.DD 100: A course syllabus with hot links.


Claims made by the United States and United Kingdom in going to war in Iraq in 2003 pose issues similar to those we could anticipate if suspicions of an illicit nuclear program alarmed a denuclearized world. What charges might be levelled? How should charges be assessed? How can a convincing case be made, if the charges are true? And what if the charges are unfounded, injudicious, or even malicious?

Britain and the Iraq War 2003 [pdf] or as an html file.

The United States and the Iraq War 2003 [pdf] or as an html file.

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Entries in this guide to other centers and sources where work on nuclear policy is carried on look like this one:

Arms Control Association [Washington] Arms Control Today

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If you wish to consult our previous format, the final entry page—with links to earlier pages—is here.

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DENUCLEARIZATION DESIGNERS is a blog focused on designing nuclear abolition:


Posts are open to comment by all. In addition, if you self-identify as a professional, student or activist with thoughts to contribute you may propose to author posts.


GC.DD SCRIBBLES blogs brief links to texts, events, and actions germane to denuclearization:



The Journal of Denuclearization Design is a cumulative, digital-only journal, on subjects germane to GC.DD. Most recent additions [see Index]: 11 February 2011. Appendix B lists and summarizes key statements urging ZNW, including links to statements by former and current officials and public figures, initiated by the January 2007 call of George Shultz et al. to emphasize nuclear abolition on the global agenda.

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Appendix B [Texts urging ZNW]:         
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Collaborative Notes are brief emails germane to the subject of this site.

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You may be well-informed and quite sure of your judgments on nuclear policy, but still feel that you could sharpen your understanding by some well-focused reading. Or you might think of yourself as new to this topic and wonder how to get started. We’ve talked about it, and recommend becoming familiar with the websites listed on this page (News, Journals, Key Links) plus reading from a short list of books, such as this one:

•  International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. Report. Eliminating Nuclear Threats: A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers.. 2009.12.15.

•  Report on the International Control of Atomic Energy (The Acheson-Lilienthal Report), March 1946.

•  United States. Office of Technology Assessment. Technologies Underlying Weapons of Mass Destruction. December 1993.

•  Matthew Bunn, Anthony Wier, and John P. Holdren. Controlling Nuclear Warheads and Materials. March 2003. Commissioned by the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

•  Stephen I. Schwartz [ed]. Atomic Audit: the Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940. Washington: Brookings, 1998.

•  Scott D. Sagan. The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Acccidents, and Nuclear Weapons. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Or you might find other titles better-suited to your needs. This site includes a more extensive bibliography. And we certainly recommend

•  Bruce D. Larkin. Designing Denuclearization. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2008.

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