Conference will look at issues
surrounding nuclear disarmament
The case for abolishing nuclear weapons worldwide will be revisited at a conference
being hosted by the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization on Thursday
and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22.
Titled “Nuclear Weapons — The Greatest Peril to Civilization: A Conference
To Imagine Our World Without Them,” the conference will take place 8:30
a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days in the lecture hall of Sterling Memorial Library (entrance
at 130 Wall St.) The event is free and open to the public.
The conference will consider a range of issues, including the scenarios for and
consequences of a nuclear attack, historical perspectives on nuclear weapons
abolition and the debilitation of the non-proliferation regime. One major theme
will be whether there is a case to be made for abolition of nuclear weapons in
the 21st century and, if so, what conditions have to be met in order for humanity
at large, as well as current and potential nuclear power states, to undertake
Sessions will also focus on such key strategic issues as the interplay between
disarmament and proliferation; the definition of “zero” in regards
to nuclear weapons; and how to achieve stability and maintain it in a world free
of nuclear wepaons.
Participants will include Sergio Duarte, the U.N. high commissioner for non-proliferation;
Graham Allison, author of “Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable
Catastrophe”; Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, the secretary-general of Pugwash, an
international organization dedicated to reducing the danger of armed conflict
and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems; Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace Moscow Center; Jonathan Schell, senior scholar
of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and author of the recently
released “The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger”; Celso
Lafer, former foreign minister of Brazil; Frank von Hippel, co-director of the
Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University; and many others.
The keynote address will be presented at noon on Thursday by Ted Turner, chair
of Turner Enterprises and one of the founders of the Nuclear Threat Initiative,
which is working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical
weapons. This address will take place in the Presidents Room of Woolsey Hall
at the corner of College and Grove streets.
The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization has focused on nuclear weapons
abolition for several years with the goal of progressively enhancing interest
in the subject of prohibition and nuclear weapons abolition among members of
the Yale community. For more information, visit www.ycsg.yale.edu or call (203)
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