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Ward Wilson

Executive Director of RealistRevolt, former senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and BASIC

Twitter: @WardHayesWilson

Ward Wilson is widely acknowledged as the leading source of innovative pragmatic arguments against nuclear weapons in the world today. He has been a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, BASIC (the British American Security Information Council), and the Federation of American Scientists and is currently the executive director of RealistRevolt, a grassroots advocacy organization in the Chicago area.

He is an award winning author whose Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons made the groundbreaking argument that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not the reason Japan surrendered. Endorsed by two Pulitzer-Prize-winning historians of nuclear weapons and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and recommended by four-star generals, it has been described as “brilliant, original, and important.”

Content by Ward Wilson


The extreme nature of nuclear deterrence

While confidence in the stability of nuclear deterrence is hitting a new low, states appear to be doubling down on their bets. Ward Wilson and Paul Ingram explore the adverse effects of nuclear deterrence and write that it is time to reverse the slide into a new nuclear arms race.

16 May 2024 | Ward Wilson and Paul Ingram

Reconsidering nuclear deterrence

As nuclear deterrence receives renewed attention, Ward Wilson reconsiders what we know about nuclear deterrence, examines what we don’t know, and thinks about what work still needs to be done. Wilson argues that greater emphasis needs to be put on psychology and neuroscience, examining past failures more closely, and comparing criminal deterrence and nuclear deterrence.

1 March 2022 | Ward Wilson