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Tom Z. Collina

Policy Director, Ploughshares Fund

Tom Z. Collina
Tom Collina is director of policy at Ploughshares Fund and co-author, with former Defense Secretary William Perry, of the just-released book "The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump."
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Happy Birthday to the Bomb

If we want to avoid nuclear destruction for the next 75 years, we must take the president’s finger off the button.

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The Coronavirus Teaches Us Not to Let Trump Press the Nuclear Button

Some of the president’s poor decisions on COVID-19, like proposing to reopen the nation by Easter, have been reversed. But a presidential decision to start nuclear war cannot be.

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Democrats Retreat on Nuclear Policy

The 2020 authorization bill fails to check Trump’s worst impulses.

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Dear Pope Francis: While You're in Japan, Call for No First Use

The pontiff was already planning to call for global nuclear disarmament. Asking the U.S. to adopt a no-first-use policy would make the world a bit safer, faster.

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Democrats Should Not Give New Nukes to a President They Want to Impeach

National security concerns about Trump are only the latest reason Sen. Jack Reed should kill the new sub-launched warhead.

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House to 2020 Candidates: Trump and Nukes Don’t Mix

Those who would win the Democratic nod should heed the vote to kill the new low-yield nuke.

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Trump Was Right to Walk Away — If He's Telling the Truth

North Korea disputes his account, but either way they must reset and try again, soon.

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Trump, Nukes, and No First Use

Two bills aim to enact a long-overdue policy that will make the world less dangerous.

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Congress Rushes to Spend Billions on Space Weapons—Even if They Don’t Work

Even a bare-bones system would be ridiculously costly, and more likely to foster war than prevent it.

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A Summit Short on Details, Yet Better Than War

The good news is that the Trump administration already has plans to continue the talks.

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The US Does Not Need New Tactical Nukes

There’s a false narrative afoot: that we lack the weapons to deter a Russian nuclear strike.

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The Most Dangerous Man in the World

It is dawning on Congress that no one can stop President Trump from ordering a nuclear attack.

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On North Korea, More Missile Defense Is Not the Answer

Buying more unreliable interceptors would be a wasteful invitation to disaster.

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Welcome to America’s ‘Nuclear Sponge’

If ICBMs are meant to draw enemy missiles toward American soil, it’s time to rethink our nuclear strategy.

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How to Slow President Trump From Pushing The Nuclear Button

Trump could order a nuclear war as easily as a Domino’s pizza. Here's how to change that.

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Bernie Sanders Looks Pretty Darn Establishment on Nuclear Weapons

Sanders is no outside-the-margin liberal on keeping up America’s nuclear arsenal.

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Russia is Proving Why Nuclear-Tipped Cruise Missiles Are a Very Bad Idea

Those four cruise missiles that crashed in Iran could’ve been carrying nuclear warheads — which is why the US should ban them, not renew them.

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The Pope Is Lining Up to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Under Pope Francis the Catholic church is moving away from Cold War nuclear acceptance faster than Congress and the Obama administration.