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How the nuclear arms race went high tech

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer takes a look at the current state of the nuclear arms race. At its peak in the 1980s, the global inventory of nuclear warheads exceeded 70,000, but the global stockpile has shrunk significantly since then. Today, climate change is cited as a greater man-made threat to the planet than nuclear warfare. But in recent years, as nuclear disarmament worldwide has slowed to a crawl, world powers are engaging in a new kind of nuclear arms race: a technological one.

Watch the episode: Nuclear weapons: more dangerous than ever?

Should we still be worried about the nuclear threat?

Everyone loves to say that nuclear weapons are so destructive that they've kept us all safe for decades. But, have they? Nukes expert Kelsey Davenport recalls how during the Cold War the US and the Soviet Union came very close to attacking each other with nukes, and America once almost accidentally detonated a nuke on its own soil. "We've really been quite lucky to have avoided an intentional or accidental nuclear exchange at this point. And my fear is that one day, our luck is going to run out." Despite all that, Davenport says nukes no longer make headlines because they feel "very abstract" for people. Davenport spoke with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Watch the episode: Nuclear weapons: more dangerous than ever?

Hero or dangerous spy? The story behind the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan recently died as a national hero in Pakistan for helping his country develop its nuclear bomb in 1998 to rival India's nukes. GZERO World takes a look at A.Q. Khan, whom former CIA boss George Tenet once said was as threatening as Osama bin Laden, stole nuclear secrets from a Dutch uranium enrichment company to build centrifuges for Pakistan's atomic weapon. But he didn't stop there: in 2004 A.Q. Kahn was placed under the Pakistani version of house arrest for sharing his nuclear recipes with Iran, Libya, and North Korea. He was finally pardoned five years later, and remains as beloved by his countrymen as he is regarded elsewhere as one of the most dangerous men in history.

Watch the episode: Nuclear weapons: more dangerous than ever?

Podcast: Do nuclear weapons keep us safe? An arms control expert weighs in

Listen: Arms control expert Kelsey Davenport joins Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast to talk about the world's long fascination with nuclear weapons and how close we still remain to all-out nuclear war. Today's nuclear threat is not about who has the most nukes, it's about who has the smartest ones. Davenport addresses the question: Do nuclear weapons keep us safe?

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The new nuclear arms race: Smarter, faster nukes

There's a lot of talk about nukes these days — but not about Cold War-era massive arsenals and mutually assured destruction. Nuclear weapons expert Kelsey Davenport says the risk of something going horribly wrong is rising because countries like China or Russia are developing smaller warheads and high-tech delivery systems such as hypersonic missiles, which traditional arms control agreements don't take into account. "We have to be more creative than thinking just about the numbers," she explains, adding that what's more destabilizing is countries investing in nukes that are so nimble and travel so fast they can penetrate US defense systems. Watch her interview with Ian Bremmer on the upcoming episode of GZERO World on US public television - check local listings.

Don't Turn Down a Drink in Pyongyang

"Nuclear war with the United States would be survivable."

A North Korean minder (and father of two) casually mentioned this to The New Yorker foreign correspondent Evan Osnos during a particularly boozy dinner in Pyongyang last August.

Thank god for soju.

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