Peacebuilding used to power humanity’s quest for fusion; it still could. This article analyses the enormous implications of a burning plasma fusion breakthrough, for both worsening conflicts and peacebuilding, by applying the nonkilling global political science peacebuilding framework; the quintuple helix technology innovation ecosystem model; and recent path dependence theory. The first burning plasma will be an unprecedented historical event, with the closest parallel being the Trinity Test; we analyze the Test in path dependence terms to compare it with fusion. As with fission, fusion will be weaponized due to its intrinsic benefits. However, the innovations leading to fusion are not occurring unnoticed. Unlike Trinity, which was conducted in secret in wartime, fusion is being developed in peacetime, to assist a low-carbon transition. With fission, immediately following the Second World War, despite initial progress, the USSR rejected the US Baruch Plan to place atomic energy and weapons under the UN to stifle a nuclear arms race. The result was the Cold War. Similarly, we forecast a global critical juncture in which a new normative nuclear order can be created via a new Baruch Plan that could deliver a Universal Global Peace Treaty, with humanity re-prioritizing its goals for this century.
climate change, global nonkilling political science, nuclear fusion, peacebuilding, quintuple helix innovation ecosystem, railgun
Carayannis, Elias; Draper, John; and Bhaneja, Balwant
"Fusion Energy for Peacebuilding: A Trinity Test-Level Critical Juncture,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 29:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol29/iss1/4