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Seizing the Opportunity to Reduce Nuclear Weapons


Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:00PM - 8:00PM


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The ongoing nuclear proliferation issues with Iran and North Korea have put nuclear arms high up on the American foreign policy agenda. These media grabbing developments can sometimes overshadow traditional nuclear arms reduction talks and stockpile maintenance. With that said, President Obama made reducing existing nuclear weapons a foreign policy priority during his first term. Now that Obama has begun his second term with the New START Treaty between the US and Russia signed and in force, should the US consider other nuclear arms control steps to enhance American security? Can there be another major US-Russia treaty and, if so, can the tactical and surplus strategic nuclear warheads that have so far escaped control be brought into such a framework?

Ambassador Steven Pifer will discuss the differences between Washington and Moscow over missile defense, the proposal to ban further production of fissile materials and the challenges facing the Obama administration in pursuing this agenda.

This event is presented in partnership with the Marines' Memorial Association.



Steven Pifer

Director, Arms Control Initiative, Brookings Institution


Zachary Davis

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Recorded Thursday, May 30, 2013

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