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The Danger of Nuclear Reactors in War

Bennett Ramberg

While countries largely have been reluctant to attack operating nuclear reactors, the Ukraine war has shown that the taboo is fragile. Ultimately, the scale of the threat demands a renewed effort by the international community to fashion a strict legal prohibition.

shows why the world needs a formal agreement banning attacks on live reactors and related facilities.
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Over the past decade, a mix of global shocks and more subtle, creeping trends has exposed the fragility of twenty-first century progress. It remains to be seen whether we are witnessing a new Great Game, a Cold War 2.0, or merely a continuation of past trends. But it is already clear that the international community will need to set some new ground rules, lest it cease being a community at all.

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