Zia Mian is a physicist and co-director of Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. He received the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award for his accomplishments as a scientist and as a peace activist in contributing to the global effort for nuclear disarmament and for a more peaceful world.
Nuclear tensions are growing across the world. Last year 122 countries adopted the United Nations treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. The United States and the other eight nuclear weapon states stayed away, and all of them are modernizing arsenals., while US- Russian Cold War arms control treaties are unraveling and tensions are growing. US plans to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran will trigger a new crisis in the Middle East, and the nuclear crisis with North Korea is not over yet.