NonProliferation Lexicon for Weapons of Mass Destruction


World peace is at an all-time critical juncture.  Concurrently, the conditions for the complex nature of cultural misinterpretation have increased. This became more evident post the Ukraine crises, the Paris Terrorist attacks, the downing of a Russian SU-24 fighter jet by Turkey, the Charlie Hebdo journalists’ assassinations, the alarming rise and the despicable gruesome acts of the Islamic state ISIL, the unremitting mistrust between Iran and the western nations, and the unmistakable  threat of global warming.  A miscalculation leading to a nuclear trigger or the use of other Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is becoming worrisome and unavoidably irritating.  Human actions always brought miseries and calamities to mankind.  But now, with hundreds of thermonuclear weapons ready to go off, the stakes never been higher throughout planet Earth’s history.  

Russia, with its overwhelming power that can vigorously rattle world peace at any time, has suffered great economic punches in the past months due to the collapse of the world oil price. The Ruble lost more than twice of its value against the US Dollar in the past two years. President Putin believes the oil price drop is orchestrated by others to bring his nation to compromise the Kremlin foreign policy objectives,  He feels other oil producing nations, like Saudi Arabia and Iran,  can take the punch and survive for many years at low oil prices but Russia can not. Now that a NATO nation (Turkey) has attacked and downed one of his airplanes, Putin is openly getting more aggressive with the largest deployment since WW2 of Russian forces outside his country into Syria including the advanced SS 400 air defense system.

A world conflict among superpowers that can be caused by misguided actions, wrong spoken words, or injudicious conveyed messages has become an unavoidable reality. The complexities and the abundance of lexicons among nations seeking or possessing nuclear technologies and weapons are obvious. For example, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, NPT, signed in 1968 currently has some 189 member nations. The NPT is left to be culturally interpreted by almost 200 different unique alphabets lexicons. Translations and interpretations are often insufficient to pair and connect minds where cultural or scientific terms often offer differing meanings even in one culture compounding the complexities within an envelope of some 200 cultures. Thus, the problem multiplies when two or more languages are required to pair minds. Diplomats, scientists, and world leaders often face challenges to bypass a geopolitical barrier of national beliefs and ideologies to lay transparency on the table for the sake of international peace and security.

What Washington DC thinks is not necessarily what Russia, Pakistan, India, Korea, Israel or Iran Think. How critical such an obstacle can be? A recent example to amplify the importance of this obstacle took place among two super powers, the USA and Russia who believe they understood each other. With all of the United States' resources to assure understanding and avoid mistakes with other important nations such as Russia, with whom the US had close working relationships and negotiations of treaties for many decades, the US secretary of state and the Russian foreign minister recently showed the world  how easy it is to misinterpret the essence of a highly visible and critical meeting. Both of these two individuals are highly skilled and accomplished in foreign affairs and negotiation. Yet, they did not have proper, accurate resources to represent their views, causing an embarrassment for the whole world to see on live media coverage. The use of a wrong word rendered a critical message ineffective and could have had far more disastrous consequences had one of these diplomats not realized and corrected the situation even in a humorous way.

A crisis, such as that similar to the Cuban missile crisis, can happen anytime. World events are moving at a digital speed and the players are not the US and Russia alone, but rather India and Pakistan, the UK and China, Ukraine, or South and North Korea.  How do we communicate to avoid misunderstandings and false reactions that can lead to actionable triggers threatening world peace? Countries cannot dismiss this potential by believing they have sufficient countermeasures for this. History is a witness. Nations have failed time and time again to avoid such an abyss. Can humanity afford these mistakes? NPWMD strives to be a safe bridge to pair minds and enhance the communication process. It helps assure zero tolerance against igniting an unintended war with colossal consequences leading to the extinction of humanity.