MENTION Peace Studies in some quarters and the reaction is likely to be paranoid with accusations of left wing indoctrination flying through the air. This is a shame because peace studies can help young people find a way through the propaganda which is put out by all sorts of organisations from both sides of the political spectrum.
Worldwise: Nuclear Weapons is a study of nuclear weapons around the world aimed at secondary schools. It is informative without being biased. The program is based on an atlas of the world and countries can be chosen and magnified if desired. Lists of each country's nuclear capabilities together with fire power are shown and positioned on a map. After students have familiarised themselves with the maps and weaponry, they can play simulation games aimed at arms reduction and gradually remove weapons from the map.
For £2, users of Worldwise can join WUG (Worldwise Users Group), receive extra copies of the program for £2.50 and microdrive versions for £4.00. The database contained in Worldwise will be updated and members of the user group can update their programs at favourable part exchange rates.
Worldwise illustrates the problems surrounding arms negotiations, and above all the frightening amount of weaponry which exists to kill and maim future generations. The bombs which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki were damp squibs compared with current arsenals. Information such as this is necessary if the debate about nuclear weapons is to have any real meaning.
Publisher: Richardson Institute for Conflict and Peace Research