Thinking Recursively About Disarmament
With the tremendous progress that has been made in advancing the cause of global nuclear disarmament in recent years, I have begun giving more and more attention to the question of the actual mechanics of disarmament. How do we actually get rid of these weapons, and the ability to make them?
I'm interested in a problem-solving approach called "recursive thinking," and in applying it to disarmament, especially nuclear disarmament.
There is a great book on recursive thinking, available in pdf form online: Thinking Recursively by Eric S. Roberts.
I'm now delving into analyses that have been done in the past, under the rubric of "disarmament games" and "inspection games."
Here are a few blog posts I wrote in the past, in which one can detect the first glimmerings of my interest in recursive thinking and the mechanics of disarmament:
When "Pre-emptive Violence" Is Automated ....
Invite More People into Activism! (Pass It Along!)
"Deterrence": As a strategy, it makes about as much sense as "proliferation"
Axiomatic Design and the #NuclearBan Treaty
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: ElBaradei's "Age of Deception"
Doomsday Machine: Same As It Ever Was . . . .