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Nuclear Testing and New START: Nuclear Threat Reduction in 2020 and Beyond

Our September 9, 2020 panel discussion provides background on current nuclear policy topics and updates on relevant legislation. Panelists Prof. Steve Fetter (University of Maryland) and Prof. Frank Von Hippel (Princeton University) provide briefings on nuclear weapons testing and New START while Dr. Laura Grego (Union of Concerned Scientists) moderates a spirited Q&A session. Also […]

Measures to Reduce the Nuclear Threat Under the Biden Administration

Our January 29th, 2021 webinar covers a range of policy topics including no-first-use, launch-on-warning, ICBM modernization, and presidential sole authority. Speakers include Prof. Angela Di Fulvio (University of Illinois), Prof. Steve Fetter (University of Maryland), Dr. Laura Grego (Union of the Concerned Scientists), Prof. Zia Mian (Princeton University), Prof. Stewart Prager (Princeton University), and Prof. […]

Influencing Government Policy on Nuclear Weapons

Our June 10, 2021 webinar discussed how government policy for nuclear weapons is formed, aspects of the current political landscape for nuclear arms control, and current Coalition advocacy on no-first-use. Speakers include Laura Grego (Union of Concerned Scientists), Sharon Weiner (American University), Stephen Young (Union of Concerned Scientists), Stewart Prager (Princeton University), and Charlotte Selton […]

The Real World Effects of Nuclear Weapons

Our July 13, 2021 webinar examines the effects of nuclear weapons, including the immediate and direct effects, the impact on climate and food, and how government war planners understand these effects. Speakers include Steve Fetter (University of Maryland, College Park), Matthew McKinzie (Natural Resources Defense Council), Alan Robock (Rutger University), and Lynn Eden (Stanford University). […]

Nuclear Arms Racing

Our September 13, 2021 webinar discussed the dynamics of a nuclear arms race between the US, Russia, and China. Speakers include Steve Fetter (University of Maryland, College Park), Laura Grego (Union of Concerned Scientists), Lyle Goldstein (Naval War College), and Pavel Podvig (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research – UNIDIR). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQqBGnkVLpU

President Biden’s Nuclear Posture Review

Our December 3, 2021 briefing discussed the current status of the Biden Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and unpacked the biggest outstanding controversies and questions. Speakers included Jessica Sleight (Global Zero), Tom Collina (Ploughshares Fund), Laura Grego (MIT), and Charlotte Selton (APS). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeTejYv6xno

The Nuclear Dimensions of the War in Ukraine

Our March 28, 2022 briefing examined Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the connection to nuclear weapons. Speakers included Alex Glaser (Princeton University), Daryl Kimball (Arms Control Association), Pavel Podvig (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research – UNIDIR) and Laura Grego (MIT). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PGv6eCmFic

New Developments in International Treaties on Nuclear Weapons: the NPT and the TPNW

 The 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), also known as the Nuclear Ban Treaty, went into force in January 2021. The treaty was negotiated with the purpose of strengthening the largely unimplemented disarmament pillar of the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The NPT has been signed by […]

U.S. Budget for FY24 and Advocacy for Nuclear Threat Reduction

  This webinar discusses highlights of the U.S. budget for nuclear weapons for fiscal year 2024, in particular the possibility of additional funds for new nuclear weapon systems including nuclear-capable sea-launched cruise missiles. The speakers include - Shannon Bugos, Senior Policy Analyst, The Arms Control Association - Hans Kristensen, Director, Nuclear Information Project, Federation of […]

Oppenheimer: Scientists, The Bomb, and the Implications for Today

   The film Oppenheimer, which opened in theaters in July, tells the story of American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who led the team that built the first atomic bomb, and later worked to curb the nuclear arms race. The scientific community has played a critical role in highlighting the dangers of nuclear weapons and their […]

The Sentinel ICBM program: Risks, Costs, and Alternatives

   Webinar Abstract: The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with plans to refurbish all its 450 nuclear missile silos and replace its current fleet of Minuteman III land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles with new Sentinel missiles. A new study based on state-of-the-art nuclear war modeling suggests the scale of the human and environmental impact […]

Understanding the New Nuclear Arms Race: Views From Washington, Moscow and Beijing

 This webinar delves into the multifaceted dimensions of the contemporary nuclear arms race, offering in-depth analyses from three of the world's nuclear powers. Experts will explore the motivations, defense policies, and diplomatic postures of the United States, Russia, and China, providing the audience with a comprehensive understanding of each nation's policies and perspective. The […]