Who: Richard Rhodes with a Panel of Distinguished Experts
Location: The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly College of Santa Fe), 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Cost: $15 CIR Members
$20 Non-members & Guests
A talk by Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and of the recently published Twilight of the Bombs, will be followed by a discussion among Mr. Rhodes and a panel of distinguished experts in the field.
Eliminating nuclear weapons has been a topic of discussion at the highest levels for over 25 years, and present US policy is to reduce the number of its deployed weapons. Recently, four distinguished Americans – George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, and Bill Perry – have advocated a world free of nuclear weapons, and President Obama has embraced that goal.
While most desire a world without nuclear weapons, the process of getting and staying there is likely to be difficult and dangerous. The Panel will discuss what is involved and will debate questions such as:
1. In today’s world, what are the greatest threats from all forms of weapons of mass destruction?
2. What are the challenges associated with getting to zero?
a. Political/Geopolitical: What path and processes will result in a safe and stable transition? What challenges and risks does the US face?
b. Diplomatic: Under what conditions would countries give up their nuclear weapons?
c. Technical: What technologies and inspection regimes would need to be put in place to verify the end-state and any intermediate states? And what do we do if violations occur?
d. What new tools and risk assessment methodologies are required for existence in a multi-polar world?
3. Would a world without nuclear weapons be more or less (dynamically) stable than one with nuclear weapons?
Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-three books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize, and Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, which examines the international politics of nuclear weapons thoughout the Cold War. A fourth and final volume, The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons, was published in August 2010.
The panel discussion following Mr. Rhodes’s talk will be moderated by Dr. Jay Davis, President of the Hertz Foundation and a National Security Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the members of the panel, in addition to Mr. Rhodes, will be Damon Giovanelli, former Director of Physics Research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, John Browne, former director of LANL, Steve Younger, former director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Terry Hawkins, Principal Associate of the Directorate for Global Security at Los Alamos.
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