IT’S OUR 60TH ANNIVERSARY!
2022 marks 60 years since nuclear physicist Leo Szilard founded Council for a Livable World! Szilard pushed President Franklin D. Roosevelt to start what became the Manhattan Project then urged President Harry S. Truman not to drop the bomb Szilard helped create. This year, we plan to celebrate with a series of online events and promotions. Donate to our 60th anniversary fund and be the first to know about these events!
HOW TO ACCELERATE NUCLEAR DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN
Seven weeks into talks under the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to revive the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there remains a clear sense that the pace of diplomacy lags dangerously behind Iran’s advancing nuclear program.
Further, Iran still refuses to meet the U.S. delegation face-to-face despite appeals from Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and former Iranian diplomat and nuclear negotiator Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian. Research Analyst Samuel Hickey argues that, “A show of good faith by lifting irrelevant sanctions on Iranian civilians might break the diplomatic congestion.”
WE DON’T NEED TO GO WAR WITH IRAN
Even as negotiations continue in Vienna, war hawks are calling for the U.S. military to prepare plans for a comprehensive strike against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. But this flies in the face of our own military’s analysis of the likely outcome and consequences of such a strike. To convince the American people to consider yet another regional military misadventure, proponents of war with Iran must promote two great falsehoods: that diplomacy cannot resolve the crisis and alternatively that war could.
But war is never simple and we should always remain wary of those who promise that it will be, even more so when there are still active diplomatic talks ongoing. Read the analysis from Council Political Director Geoff Wilson and Board Member Joe Cirincione in Responsible Statecraft.
THE SENATE LINEUP IS SET
The Senate lineup is set. The last two incumbent Senators who had not announced their 2022 reelection plans have finally decided: Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have declared they are running. Only one Senate Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT), is retiring while five Republican incumbents, Sens. Roy Blunt (MO), Richard Burr (NC), Rob Portman (OH), Richard Shelby (AL) and Patrick Toomey (PA), will be bidding farewell to the Congress after this year. As open seats are prime pickup opportunities for the opposition party, these retirements advantage Senate Democrats in the midterms. Support our current Senate endorsees; more will be coming soon.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF LINCOLN DAY AND VERA KISTIAKOWSKY
Council for a Livable World was saddened to learn about the passing of former Board members Lincoln Day and Vera Kistiakowsky, who both died in December.
Day, who authored many books and book chapters and co-produced a movie about the environmental footprint of war, as well as several offshoots, was known for his generosity of spirit. He was a central character in the story of the Council, constantly shepherding staff and leadership as they worked toward peace. Read our full tribute.
Vera Kistiakowsky, daughter of former science advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower and Council board president George Kistiakowsky, was a trailblazing physicist in her own right, paving the way for generations of women in science after marking several firsts. She was also a social activist, fiercely advocating for women’s rights and nuclear disarmament. Read our full tribute.
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