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Beyond the Koreas: Five Propositions About Nukes

This event is the latest in our member-led forums’ Crisis in Our Country summer series. 

In 1947, Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, backed the Cold War strategy of Democratic President Harry Truman, asserting, "politics stops at the water's edge." Different approaches pulled the policy in opposite directions, but nuclear nonproliferation has been one of the signature achievements of American foreign policy and global governance ever since. That bipartisan ethos ended with the Cold War, yet the threat of that era—nuclear proliferation and nuclear war—remains.

Join us as we explore five propositions about nuclear weapons. Is the recent tension over nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea the beginning of a new nuclear threshold? What will the world look like if more countries join the nuclear weapons club? The stakes are high, and, as recent events remind us, it is useful to review the future of nuclear weapons in world politics. 

MLF Organizer Name
Linda Calhoun

MLF: International Relations

Wed, Jul 25 / 6:00 pm

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Paul Clarke, Ph.D.
Independent Security Expert; Adjunct Senior Defense Analyst, RAND Corporation; Adjunct Professor, Naval War College
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Steven Weber, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, School of Information and Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley; Director, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity; Author, The Success of Open Source, How to Organize a Global Enterprise (forthcoming)

5:30 p.m. check-in
6 p.m. program