Drew Christiansen, S.J., former editor in chief of America, is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development at Georgetown University and a senior fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. He is co-editor with Carole Sargent of A World Free from Nuclear Weapons: The Vatican Conference on Disarmament (Georgetown, 2020).
The nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT) was written for a Cold War standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It can only be effective now if it includes new nuclear powers like Israel.
Colin Powell’s great misfortune was to serve as secretary of state among “the Vulcans,” the Republican policy-makers who subverted Mr. Powell’s more moderate initiatives.
The decades since the Second Vatican Council and the declaration "Nostra Aetate" have seen much fruit in the form of Jewish-Christian collaboration and dialogue.
Archbishop Tomasi has led the Vatican’s fight against nuclear weapons. Pope Francis is making him a Cardinal.
It was with his colleagues in disarmament dialogues that he found the signature issue of his last years in diplomatic service, nuclear weapons abolition.
As part of our larger coverage of “Fratelli Tutti,” the latest encyclical letter from Pope Francis, America asked a number of theologians and church experts to contribute a brief response, including their perspectives on its potential impact and its particular areas of import.
75 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, writes Drew Christiansen, S.J., the danger of nuclear war is as high as ever. Our “deterrence” strategy needs to be reconsidered.
Critics warned Secretary Pompeo’s religious freedom agenda would reverse 200 years of progress on human rights. But his commission has issued a consensus document.
The Afghanistan Papers suggest that we still have not learned the lessons of history, writes Drew Christiansen, S.J., including a sense of humility and an awareness of human fallibility.