This month, we share three articles that examine the invasion of Ukraine, the role of negotiations, peace and nonalignment, and the danger of a nuclear war.
Now is the Time for Nonalignment and Peace
There are 40 wars taking place across the globe, Roger McKenzie and Vijay Prashad discuss the political will required to end them. “Peace does not come merely because we wish for it. It requires a fight in the trenches of ideas and institutions,” they write. “We need to summon up the old spirits of peace and nonalignment and bring these to life inside mass movements that are the only hope of this planet.”
Powerful Nuclear Power
In “Powerful Nuclear Power,” Nadia Batok analyzes the destructive effects of nuclear weapons: “The risk of human extinction from nuclear weapons stems from catastrophic climate change and the nuclear winter as secondary effects of a nuclear detonation. It’s time to ban nuclear weapons. Everyone should get rid of nuclear weapons,” she writes. “Failing to do so will most likely result in nuclear warfare and change the course of history.”
Ending the War of Attrition in Ukraine
In his new article “Ending the War of Attrition in Ukraine,” Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs looks at the urgent role of negotiations to end the ongoing war in Ukraine: “It is still possible to establish peace in Ukraine based on the parameters that were on the table at the end of March: neutrality, security guarantees, a framework for addressing Crimea and the Donbas, and Russian withdrawal. This remains the only realistic and safe course for Ukraine, Russia, and the world.”