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75th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

Sayuri Romei

Statement from Sayuri Romei, Public Policy Fellow with the History and Public Policy Program.

"After some momentum for nuclear disarmament coming from world leaders about ten years ago, today on the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki we find ourselves in a world where disarmament efforts continue to stagnate. Not only that, but past arms control frameworks are now showing their limitations and are collapsing. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors are well in their 80s and 90s, this week's anniversary is a fundamental opportunity for current leaders to understand why the decision to drop the bombs was made 75 years ago, and the many consequences of that decision that we are still witnessing today in terms of politics, society, and global security." 

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Sayuri Romei

Sayuri Romei

Public Policy Fellow
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