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Convincing Nuclear-armed Countries to Take the Path to Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Issue: ban treaty | disarmament | foreign policy | nuclear weapons

Type: report

With the upcoming entry into force of the nuclear ban treaty, an important question arises: what strategy can we, American civil society groups, adopt to leverage the TPNW to steer the U.S. and the other nuclear-armed states towards total elimination of nuclear weapons? To answer this question, Physicians for Social Responsibility has conducted a series …

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Enough is Enough: 2019 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending

Issue: disarmament | nuclear weapons | U.S. nuclear policy

Type: report

In its report “Enough is Enough: Global Nuclear Weapons Spending 2020” the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has produced the first estimate in nearly a decade of global nuclear weapon spending, taking into account costs to maintain and build new nuclear weapons. ICAN estimates that the nine nuclear-armed countries spent $72.9 billion on their …

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Legality of Nuclear Weapons

Issue: ban treaty | disarmament | foreign policy | no first use | nuclear weapons | U.S. nuclear policy

Type: report

Some experts argue that nuclear weapons are already illegal under international law. Meanwhile, the United States—with 1,750 deployed nuclear weapons—and eight other nuclear-armed nations unequivocally consider them legal. Adopted in 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is an initiative to build a comprehensive legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.


PSR Fact Sheet on New START Treaty

Issue: disarmament | foreign policy | nuclear weapons | U.S. nuclear policy

Type: fact sheet

PSR Fact Sheet on New START Treaty.


Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War

Issue: disarmament | no first use | nuclear weapons | U.S. nuclear policy

Type: fact sheet

Many local and national organizations have endorsed the “Back from the Brink” resolution. Are you associated with a group that might support this? Introduce this resolution at your church, synagogue, civic group, medical association, university, or municipality.


Nuclear Weapons Abolition Advocacy Training Series

Issue: disarmament | foreign policy | no first use | nuclear weapons | U.S. nuclear policy

Type: advocacy materials | powerpoint | toolkit | training

PSR’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program has launched a series of Advocacy Trainings to help members and other citizens who want to hone their citizen advocacy skills. Check out the PowerPoint “modules” we are using to help citizens make a difference in their communities. Effective Advocacy to an Influencer Using and Understanding Social Media Successfully Pitching …

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The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Issue: disarmament | foreign policy | nuclear weapons | U.S. nuclear policy

Type: book review

By Daniel Ellsberg Reviewed by PSR member R. F. Gillum, MD Like many, I had tuned out annual updates on the progress of strategic arms control after the fall of the USSR. I assumed that thanks to the work of many, including that of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)– which gained …

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Nuclear Posture Review Talking Points

Issue: disarmament | federal government | nuclear weapons | U.S. nuclear policy

Type: advocacy materials | fact sheet

Background: The United States will develop two types of “tactical” low-yield nuclear warheads. The document claims that building smaller nuclear weapons (Hiroshima-sized) allows the United States to develop a more “credible deterrent” against Russia because smaller nuclear weapons are “more usable.” However, the United States already has low-yield nuclear weapons (air-launched cruise missiles and the …

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The Path to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons—A Movement for Public Health

Issue: ban treaty | disarmament | nuclear weapons

Type: infographic

Infographic depicting the timeline of the U.N. Ban Treaty from 2007-2017.


Don’t Bank on the Bomb Handout

Issue: disarmament | nuclear weapons

Type: fact sheet

Citizens can use divestment to leverage the nuclear ban treaty and speed the elimination of nuclear weapons. Don’t Bank on the Bomb is a global divestment campaign by PAX that began in Europe and is gaining traction in the United States.