Joseph Gerson

Joseph Gerson

Dr. Joseph Gerson is Executive Director of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security and Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau. His most recent book is Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World. His previous books include The Sun Never Sets and With Hiroshima Eyes.

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"Several weeks ago, he announced that he would like to host Putin in the United States before the November election," writes Gerson, "Was that just one more of our political clown’s outrageous statements? Or, might it have been a negotiating signal?" (Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Nightmare of an October Surprise
Last night I had the strangest dream. I’m hoping it was just a fevered nightmare. For the last several months, U.S. and Russian negotiators have been meeting intermittently, reportedly to explore possible extension of the New START Treaty. That treaty set the limit of 1,550 strategic (and omnicidal...
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Serbian army soldiers wearing gloves and face masks as preventive measures against COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus), patrol on one of the main pedestrian streets in Belgrade on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Vladimir Zivojinovic / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, April 25, 2020
A Pandemic, the Geopolitical Struggle for Power, and the Urgency of Common Security
What follows are the prepared remarks for delivery during the Online World Conference focused on nuclear weapons abolition, peace, the climate, and social & economic justice on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Pandemics like wars accelerate profound structural changes that were already in motion. The...
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Trump’s ignorant threat of responding to Teheran’s retaliation by destroying 52 critical targets across Iran can only result in spiraling escalation and to wider war that will consume lives across the Middle East and likely here in the United States. Views
Monday, January 06, 2020
No to Disastrous War With Iran
We woke on Friday to the news of Trump and the U.S. military’s assassination of Iranian General Soleimani. It was an act of war. Our priority, as communicated Saturday in 70 demonstrations across the U.S. must be to do all that we can to prevent a wider and disastrous war with Iran. Americans will...
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U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The Uncertain and Dangerous Interregnum: World Peace and the Post-Cold War Era
The post-Cold War era is over. We are living in the interregnum between disorders, marked by uncertainties and dangers, as well as opportunities. Some see the confrontations of the moment as a new Cold War. Michael Klare has written that the U.S. and China are engaged in war by another name, while...
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We need to do all that we can to bring reason to bear with Common Security diplomacy that can bring these two nuclear powers back from the brink and to establish the basis for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. Views
Friday, August 11, 2017
No Fire, No Fury: Common Security Diplomacy to Resolve US-North Korean Crisis
President Trump’s off the cuff and extremely dangerous and outrageous threat to devastate North Korea with “fire and fury… unlike the world has ever seen” is bringing us to the brink of the unthinkable. There is no military solution to the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. We...
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Imperial NATO: Before and After Brexit
In his first public response to the Brexit vote that has shaken Europe and much of the world, President Obama sought to reassure Americans and others. He urged us not to give into hysteria and stressed that NATO did not disappear with Brexit. The Trans-Atlantic alliance, he reminded the world,...
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Orwell (and the President) Come to Hiroshima
How to you hide a trillion dollars or spending $66,000 a minute for thirty years building a new nuclear arsenal? Put another way, how to you hide 7,000 nuclear warheads capable of ending human life many times over or? For that matter, how does a nation whose constitution vows to reject war and...
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Sunday, December 06, 2015
War and Fortress America: Dangerous Answers
We are staggered by the brutal murders in San Bernardino. We’re amazed and depressed that in its immediate aftermath Congressional Republicans voted against the banning of weapons sales to potential terrorists. And we worry that racist and xenophobic pressures to keep war refugees from our shores,...
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Friday, October 09, 2015
More than Economics: TPP, Empire and Common Security Alternatives
"In fact, you may not expect to hear this from a Secretary of Defense, but in terms of our rebalance in the broadest sense, passing TPP is as important to me as another aircraft carrier." —Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter More than corporate profits have driven the now concluded negotiations for...
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Friday, July 31, 2015
Our 70th Anniversary Homework: Confronting the Myths and Learning the Lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Seventy years ago, two nuclear weapons targeted against cities which met the criteria of having “densely packed workers’ homes,” killed more than 200,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the years that have followed, many more have suffered and died from cancers,...
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