International Education Week - Nuclear Diplomacy, How States Make Peace Despite the Atom
In 1953, U.S. President Eisenhower gave a speech to the UN General Assembly titled, "Atoms for Peace." The initial optimism of this new nuclear-powered world soon gave way to the fear of nuclear proliferation and mismanagement of radioactive materials. In a series of technical and diplomatic feats, nations around the world have managed to keep the spread of atomic material in check. The first of such historic agreements, signed in 1963 between the US, UK and USSR, banned the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, and in doing so, paved the way for bigger and bolder international treaties. This is the story of the precious-yet-precarious nuclear diplomacy. Presented by undergraduate student, Damien Bérubé.