April 24, 2024

Dear NAPF Community,

At the end of March, I participated in an event at Soka University, entitled, “Can the Nobel Peace Prize Prevent Nuclear War?” In preparing my remarks, I read and thought about several Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Linus Pauling, who was a Professor at both of my alma maters (Caltech and Stanford). When Pauling was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (for 1962, but given to him in 1963), the committee cited, “Linus Carl Pauling, who ever since 1946 has campaigned ceaselessly, not only against nuclear weapons tests, not only against the spread of these armaments, not only against their very use, but against all warfare as a means of solving international conflicts.”

This was Pauling’s second Nobel Prize, having won his first in Chemistry in 1954. In fact, he is the only person to have ever been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes. In 1991, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation honored Pauling with its own Lifetime Achievement Award, a part of our proud history and heritage under the tremendous leadership of David Krieger.

Today, our unstable and challenging world may feel as unsettling as the 1960s in more ways than one. Back then, the world was brought to the literal brink with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Shortly thereafter, the actions of Pauling and scores of ordinary citizens, as well as President Kennedy and Chairman Khrushchev, helped to bring the Partial Test Ban Treaty into being, a bright light in an otherwise dark world. At the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, we strongly believe that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a bright light in our own dark world. And like Pauling, we stand against all warfare as a means of solving international conflicts.

Please peruse the resources below to learn more about the issues we care about and how we are educating and advocating for a just and peaceful world, one that is free of nuclear weapons. And join us on May 8, as we discuss the third year of the Ukraine War with Grigory Yavlinsky, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Richard Falk, in a virtual event moderated by Cynthia Lazaroff. See below for registration and more information.

I hope that you have gotten to enjoy some of the gifts of spring. The daffodils, cherry blossoms, and magnolias always remind me that this is a world worth saving. Please join us as we strive to do exactly that!

Most warmly,

Ivana

Articles and Events

Article in The Nation

Our President, Dr. Ivana Nikolić Hughes, and Director of Policy and Advocacy, Christian Ciobanu, published an article in The Nation on the eve of the Academy Awards. Read their article to learn more about Lewis Strauss, the character in the film Oppenheimer, for which Downey has now won an Oscar.

When Robert Downey Jr. accepted his Academy Award, he spoke of the people who supported him during times of personal struggle and empowered him to not just restart his acting career, but to reach the pinnacle achievement of one. Downey did not mention nuclear weapons or the fact that the actions of his character, Lewis Strauss, may have led – and might still lead – to the end of human civilization as we know it.

On March 30 at Soka University, Dr. Ivana Hughes participated in a panel discussion entitled “Can the Nobel Peace Prize Prevent Nuclear War?” She spoke alongside Dr. Asle Toje, Deputy Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, and Dr. William Potter, Founding Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Read more HERE.

Other Resources

Dr. Hughes spoke on the Peace Podcast to discuss the importance of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. For recording, please see HERE.

Dr. Hughes joined Dr. Timmon Wallis in discussion of the threats to humanity posed by climate and nuclear weapons. For recording, please see HERE.

Stella Rose, a member of the Youth Advisory Board of our youth initiative RTT, delivered a statement during the 7th session of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Open-ended working group at the United Nations in New York.

On March 14, we celebrated the legacy of our Founder and President Emeritus, David Krieger. David is sorely missed, but continues to inspire and guide so much of our ongoing work. Please see HERE for event summary, recording, and transcript.

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