Bomb Scare: Confronting the Nuclear Threat

Bomb Scare: Confronting the Nuclear Threat

Since the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world has held its breath. For more than six decades, diplomacy, fear and luck have helped humanity avoid another atomic attack. But with North Korea's recent nuclear test and Iran's atomic ambitions, the next members of the 'nuclear club' may also be the world's most dangerous states.

Guests on this program include:

  • Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University
  • David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security
  • George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Jacques Hymans, Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College
  • Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
  • Ambassador William Burns, former Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs in the Bush administration
  • Ambassador Martin Indyk, Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs in the Clinton administration
  • Katsuhisa Furukawa, advisor to the Japan Science and Technology Agency
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Shaker, Chairman of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs
  • Ariel Levite, Deputy Director General of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission
Segment 1

Ray Suarez examines the threat posed by Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs and their impact on non-proliferation.

Segment 2

Garrick Utley narrates an archival tour of the history of international efforts to halt the spread of the bomb.

Segment 3

Steve Roberts looks back at Libya's decision in 2003 to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Segment 4

Margaret Warner explores whether a nuclear Iran and North Korea would spark an arms race in East Asia and the Middle East.