The Illusion of nuclear superiority: A debate organised by the Free University in Amsterdam in 1983

International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

In June 1983, at the height of the international debate on the proposed deployment of Cruise missiles in Europe to counter the deployment of Soviet SS-20 missiles in Eastern Europe, a panel discussion was held at Amsterdam’s Free University. It was organised by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the list of participants was impressive:

– Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme (1927-1986)
– Egon Bahr (1922-2015), disarmament specialist of the Social Democrat Party of West Germany
– Georgi Arbatov (1923-2010), Kremlin advisor and head of the Institute of North American studies in Moscow
– Admiral Noel Gayler (1914-2011), former Commander of the US South Pacific fleet