The Security Index Occasional Paper Series came out with a paper "Our place in the Universe and nuclear weapons" by Ambassador Roland Timerbaev


MOSCOW. APRIL 28, 2020. PIR PRESS. The Security Index Occasional Paper Series came out with a paper "Our place in the Universe and nuclear weapons" by Ambassador Roland Timerbaev

Key findings:

  • The invention of nuclear weapons on Earth might have its reasons as a part of the development of the universe. We might be wrong calling it a “weapon.” After all, a weapon is a tool or mechanism created in order to win a war or defend itself against an adversary, and a nuclear “weapon” puts us in a position where we can’t win. Think bigger—a nuclear explosive is intended to destroy any obsolete or outdated living things and to enable the emergence of new ones that can ensure the further development of an element or the universe as a whole.
  • We are told that atomic weapons were invented during the Second World War to ensure victory over the enemy but are now capable of destroying the world. However, all people are part of the universe, and the possibility of creating this “weapon” is inherent in the universe itself. If there had been no uranium or other substance on Earth to produce a nuclear explosion, no weapons of such power could have appeared.
  • Understanding the complete dependence of life on Earth on nuclear weapons inexorably requires further efforts to abandon and eliminate these weapons.
  • The present-day human race also has serious shortcomings that impede our further development. The main one is that we never can get enough. This shortcoming makes a person constantly want more than is necessary for a normal existence. This is what leads to hostility, conflicts, and wars. And it’s getting worse and worse. The 20th century was probably the most warlike century in the history of humankind, which led to the deaths of tens and even hundreds of millions of people. We stepped into the current century with wars too.


 About the Author

Roland Timerbaev (1927 - 2019)  - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Ambassador Timerbaev is one of the most influential specialists in the world in the sphere of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear arms control. He is acclaimed by international expert community primarily as one of the authors of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the cornerstone of entire nuclear nonproliferation regime.

Roland Timerbaev actively participated in drafting several key international agreements in the sphere of strategic stability and nuclear non-proliferation, including the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War, the IAEA safeguards system, the Treaty on the Limitation of Underground Nuclear Weapon Tests, and the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty. In 1974-1978 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary participated in establishing the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Roland Timerbaev stood at the origins of the PIR Center. From 1994 to 1998 Roland Timerbaev was PIR Center President and from 1999 to 2010 - Chairman of the Executive Board. 

Numerous publications of Roland Timerbaev on arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament are well known and highly renowned in the expert community. Ambassador's works include ‘The Peaceful Atom in the International Arena’ (1969), ‘Verification of Arms Control and Disarmament’ (1983), ‘The Complete Prohibition of Nuclear Tests’ (1986), ‘Russia and Nuclear Non-proliferation, 1945-1968’ (1999), ‘International Control of Atomic Energy’ (2003), and ‘The Current Status of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime and its Prospects: Towards the Upcoming 2005 NPT Review Conference’ (2004). Roland Timerbaev is also the co-author of textbook ‘Nuclear Nonproliferation’ (2002) and encyclopedia of the same name (2009) – these are first comprehensive study guides on nuclear nonproliferation in Russia.

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