Arms control has made a great deal of progress over the last 60 years, with more than 80 percent of all the nuclear weapons that have ever existed eliminated. Yet today, the danger of nuclear war looms higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Arms control has proved its value and can offer hope to lower tensions and make a more peaceful future.
However, the world of arms control has grown more complex during the transition to a post-Cold War order. With nine countries and counting armed with the atom and a breakdown of transparent communications amongst those in the non-proliferation regime, it is abundantly clear that Cold War tactics and strategies are insufficient in the framework of the new global order. New ideas and new perspectives are critical to strengthening the non-proliferation regime and arms control measures not just to address our present, but to build a new future.
The Center is proud to launch our new initiative, Next Up in Arms Control, for that specific reason: we believe it will take all of us to rid the world of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and we want to invite new voices into the conversation about how we can reduce and eventually eliminate the world’s biggest threats.
If you want to contribute to the conversation surrounding nuclear arms control and non-proliferation and have new or original ideas or perspectives on national security or arms control, it’s your turn. You’re Next Up in Arms Control.
What We’re Looking For
We want anyone interested in writing for us to submit a three-sentences-or-less pitch about what you want to write. You do not have to have any prior experience in arms control issues.
We’re looking for original commentary around 600-1,000 words that concisely explains a problem in nuclear security and/or other arms control issues from a fresh perspective. Avoid being too jargon-heavy or “wonky;” our aim at the Center has always been to create accessible content for interested people regardless of prior knowledge. If you wonder if it’s too wonky, ask yourself if your neighbor or a random passerby could understand what you’re writing. If not, see what you can replace with more well-known words.
We hope to respond to each pitch within a week of submission, but we cannot guarantee that turnaround all the time! The best way to get a quicker response is to identify succinctly why you have a unique perspective and to be clear and concise with your pitch. A favorable response to a pitch also does not guarantee that we will accept your final submission.
Recent Next Up in Arms Control posts
- Evolving Threats, Un-evolving Solutions: Geo-Politicization of Export Control Policy March 17, 2023
- Nuclear Secrecy: A Case for Lifting the Veil March 3, 2023
- Hiding in Plain Sight: India and Pakistan’s Global Environmental Threat November 22, 2022