Are governments impervious to public opinion?

IPPNW peace and health blog

The reckless threats of nuclear war flung back and forth between the North Korean and US governments remind me of an event in which I participated back in the fall of 1961, when I was a senior at Columbia College.

At the end of August 1961, the Soviet government had announced that it was withdrawing from the US-Soviet-British moratorium on nuclear weapons testing that had halted such tests for the previous three years while the three governments tried to agree on a test ban treaty.

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