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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Yuri Davydov, 1986

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Yuri Davydov was an analyst at the USA-Canada Institute, a think tank in Moscow. Here, he provides insights into Soviet perceptions about a range of nuclear-related issues during the Cold War. Most of the questions deal with Moscow's views on proliferation, from the days of Atoms for Peace to development of the Chinese bomb to the potential or actual acquisition of a weapon by the likes of India, Pakistan, South Africa and Israel. He believes the NPT has not worked and delivers a passionate statement on the need for the superpowers to pay close attention to the actions of smaller powers and particularly to the example the US and Soviet Union are setting.

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Interview with Yuri Davydov, 1986

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The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.

In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989



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Forrestal, James, 1892-1949
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)
United States. Atomic Energy Act of 1946
Multilateral force (Nuclear strategy)
Great Britain
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971
Atoms for Peace (U.S.)
Nuclear nonproliferation
Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America (1967)
Rapacki Plan
South Africa
Global Affairs
War and Conflict
Davydov, Urii Nikolaevich (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Yuri Davydov, 1986,” 12/09/1986, GBH Archives, accessed December 11, 2023,
MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Yuri Davydov, 1986.” 12/09/1986. GBH Archives. Web. December 11, 2023. <>.
APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Yuri Davydov, 1986. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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