Desmond Browne

Rt. Honorable Lord Browne of Ladyton, former Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom

“For about a decade, Alexander Kmentt has gained a global reputation as a champion and exponent of the art of dialogue as diplomacy. In this excellent book, he invites the reader to join him on a personal journey of learning how best to deploy the realisation that the humanitarian consequences and risks associated with nuclear weapons, which are far more serious than previously assumed, compel the argument for a world without nuclear weapons.

His chronical of this period in nuclear arms policy and the lesson of how best to deploy that learning merits attention and it should give policy-makers food for thought as they set about building back better in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The manifestation of one high-impact, low-probability risk, should compel them to do everything they can to avoid another manifestation, this time from the consequences of the use, whether by design or by accident, of nuclear weapons.“