Nov. 11 Webinar: The Nuclear Umbrella & Why the First Strike Doctrine Must Go

November 11, 7 p.m. (EST)

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U.S. nuclear first use doctrine, the threat to initiate nuclear war, is the foundation of U.S. military and nuclear weapons polies. The U.S. has repeatedly prepared and threatened nuclear attacks. This “nuclear umbrella” also serves as the cornerstone of Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and NATO military policies. With the Biden administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, the first strike/nuclear umbrella doctrine is being debated. Before becoming President, Joe Biden said “”…it’s hard to envision a plausible scenario in which the first use of nuclear weapons by the United States would be necessary or make sense.” But pressure from the Pentagon, weapons manufacturers and some allies to preserve the nuclear umbrella is a major obstacle to step to reduce the danger of nuclear war.

Webinar speakers will describe the impacts of the nuclear umbrella on their nations and opposition it, as well as providing background about the doctrine and its humanitarian consequences.

A-Young Moon is a founder and representative of PEACE MOMO. She regularly conducts trainings, joins local, regional and international peace forums for peace activism and education. She is a member of the International Peace Bureau’s Council.

Yayoi Tsuchida is Associate General Secretary of the Japan Council against A- & H- Bombs (Gensuikyo.) Long a leading member of the Japanese peace movement, she works closely with A-bomb survivors, organizes international conferences and represents Gensuikyo internationally.

Ira Helfand, MD is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, and Past President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He was co-founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and is active its the Back from the Brink campaign.

Joseph Gerson is President of the Campaign for Peace, Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau, Disarmament and Common Security, and Co-founder of the Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy. An authority on the history of the U.S. use of nuclear weapons, his books include Empire and the Bomb and The Deadly Connection.

Initiated by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (

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