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Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran

Scott D. Sagan
Blavatnik School of Government
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Lectures and seminars

Numerous polls demonstrate that U.S. public approval of President Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has declined significantly since 1945, with less that 50% support now compared to 85% support in 1945. Many scholars and political figures have suggested that this is evidence of the emergence of a “nuclear taboo” and a “non-combatant immunity norm.” New survey experiments, however, demonstrate that a majority of Americans would approve of nuclear weapons attacks against Iran to avoid U.S. military casualties in the future, suggesting that a “nuclear taboo” has not taken hold among the U.S. public and that support for non-combatant immunity is shallow.

Join Scott D. Sagan of Stanford University as he discusses these issues, and the findings of a three-year project - undertaken by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences - titled New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology and War.