On July 14, 2015 the Hoover Institution hosted a seminar focusing on two new books on nuclear proliferation. The first book discussed, Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, was written by NPEC's executive director, Henry Sokolski. It explores what we may be up against over the next few decades and how we currently think about the future. Will nuclear weapons spread in the next 20 years to more nations than just North Korea and possibly Iran? How great will the consequences be? What can be done? It was discussed on a panel featuring Charles Lutes, Director of the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University, and Greg Thielmann, Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association. The panel was moderated by Harvey Rishikof of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law & National Security.
The second book, The War That Must Never Be Fought, is co-edited by former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former U.S. Ambassador James E. Goodby. This book examines the dilemmas of deterrence at global and regional levels and suggests new institutional mechanisms to create conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.
Hoover-NPEC Nuclear Proliferation Seminar
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 10:30am - 2:00pm
Location: The Hoover Institution
The Johnson Center
1399 New York Avenue, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
10:30am --How Peaceful Will Our Nuclear Future Be?
Will nuclear weapons spread in the next 20 years to more nations than just North Korea and possibly Iran? What is the current thinking about these trends? What might help? The discussion will refer to a recently published book by Henry Sokolski, entitled Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future.
Charles Lutes Director, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University
Henry Sokolski Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
Greg Thielmann Senior Fellow, Arms Control Association
Harvey Rishikof Chair, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
12:00pm -- Working Lunch
Lord Browne of Ladyton Former UK Minister of Defence and Vice Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative
12:45pm--Approaching the Tipping Point: A Global Effort to Forestall Proliferation
The world has lately taken a turn for the worse with one result being a rising threat of nuclear proliferation. In order to reduce and eliminate this threat, regional and global joint enterprises are essential. The discussion will refer to a recently published book edited by George P. Shultz and James E. Goodby, entitled The War That Must Never Be Fought: Dilemmas of Nuclear Deterrence.
Ambassador James E. Goodby Annenberg Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution
Dr. Michael J. Mazarr Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Ambassador Steven Pifer Director, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Brookings Institution; Senior Fellow, Arms Control Association
The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), is a 501 (c)3 nonpartisan, nonprofit,
founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues. NPEC educates
and university professors about proliferation threats and possible new policies and measures to meet them.