Fifty years after the Cuban missile crisis, there is a deep appreciation of how close the world came to Armageddon in 1962 and this policy brief argues that this close call is the prerequisite for moving towards zero nuclear weapons. Drawing on a quarter century of research on the Cuban missile crisis, James G. Blight, CIGI chair in foreign policy development, and janet M. Lang, research professor at the BSIA, argue that existing global governance mechanisms are more than capable of reaching zero nuclear weapons if empowered to do so by the international community. The brief offers a number of takeaways and policy recommendations for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

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The CIGI-BSIA Policy Brief Series presents the research findings of leading BSIA scholars, developing information and analysis, including recommendations, on policy-oriented topics that address CIGI’s four core research areas: the global economy; the environment and energy; global development; and global security.
  • janet M. Lang is research professor at the BSIA and the Department of History at the University of Waterloo.