Whether boasts about nuclear red button capacity, mocking of ‘rocket’ size or the promotion of personal machismo, a climate of hyper-masculinity within global leadership is not only toxically apparent, but also potentially apocalyptically disastrous. A raging bull-in-a-china-shop approach to international diplomacy in a contemporary era already dubbed ‘the second cold war’ has, for many, created alarming echoes of 20th-century nuclear brinkmanship. When cruise missiles first became the must-have of an escalating arms race, however, such deadly atomic chest-thumping was countered in a particularly ...


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