Martin Hellman, electrical engineering professor and adjunct senior fellow for nuclear risk analysis with the Federation of American Scientists, released a report this week in collaboration with the federation calling on U.S. citizens and policymakers to take a wider view of global issues. Hellman argues that, in an era of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and climate change, American national interests are closely connected to “global security.”
For the broader world, Martin Hellman may be best known for his invention of public-key cryptography, which underpins modern telecommunications security. For current students, however, he is perhaps most closely associated with his efforts towards spreading awareness about nuclear threats on campus.
Hecker provided a brief history of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, and described his most recent trip to North Korea, which received significant media attention last November when he returned with news that the country had built a state-of-the-art uranium enrichment facility.
“The risk that a child born today will not live out his or her natural lifetime is 10 percent,” Hellman said, citing his own analysis of nuclear risk while seated at his kitchen table…