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Lawrence Wittner

Lawrence Wittner

Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner is Professor of History Emeritus at SUNY/Albany who has written extensively on peace movements, foreign policy, and economic inequality. He is the author of "Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement" (2009).

Articles by this author

 

Military and Economic Power Once Again Fail to Produce Happiness

Ultimately, a high level of happiness requires social solidarity.

Lawrence Wittner ·


What the Cuban Missile Crisis Can Teach Us About Ending Hostility in Ukraine

The situation in 1962 was remarkably similar to that of today in Eastern Europe. If that dangerous situation could be de-escalated, certainly the current one can be as well.

Lawrence Wittner ·


Let's Not Allow the Great Powers to Destroy the World

Throughout history, "the most powerful, most heavily-armed countries, which had the best chances of emerging victorious in a military conflict, were usually the most eager for it."

Lawrence Wittner ·


The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World's Future

The most promising course of action for people interested in human survival might well lie in a popular mobilization to compel the nuclear nations to accept the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and, more broadly, to accept a restrained role in a cooperatively-governed world.

Lawrence Wittner ·


Imagine a World With US-China Cooperation

Working together, they could exercise enormous influence in world affairs.

Lawrence Wittner ·


Amid Widespread Disease, Death, and Poverty, the Major Powers Increased Their Military Spending in 2020

The existence of widespread poverty in the world's mightiest military powers raises the question of what could have been done to alleviate or eliminate it, if during 2020 they had not poured nearly $1.1 trillion into preparations for war.

Lawrence Wittner ·


The U.S. Government Should Promote the General Welfare

After years of Republican governance or obstructionism, it's refreshing when the U.S. government actually lives up to its promise of promoting the welfare of the entire society, rather than a privileged few.

Lawrence Wittner ·


Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing

"The nuclear testing now being considered by the Trump administration is designed with the same purpose that weapons have traditionally had in world affairs: to intimidate other nations."

Lawrence Wittner ·

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