Nuclear War & Peace in the age of Trump

Tuesday  25 June  2019  1:00 PM    Tuesday  25 June  2019 3:00 PM
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Nuclear War remains a global threat. Recent tensions between the US and Iran, North Korea, China, and the breakdown of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, highlight the need for coordinated global action on nuclear weapons. In this discussion Ambassador Robert Gallucci will outline contemporary proliferation threats and challenges in the age of Trump.

Dr. Dan Plesch will discuss the holistic approach to disarmament within the The Strategic Concept for Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP) treaty. The treaty offers a draft negotiating text of ‘basic elements’ for General and Complete Disarmament (GCD) with a ten-year implementation period. It uses best practices and can be implemented incrementally to supplement existing initiatives. 

Ambassador Robert L. Gallucci is a Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Previously he served as chairman of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Additionally, he was Dean of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service for 13 years until he left in July 2009, to become President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He was appointed dean in 1996, after 21 years of distinguished service in a variety of government positions, focusing on international security. As Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the US Department of State, he dealt with the threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was chief US negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq following the first Gulf War.

Dr Dan Plesch developed the Strategic Concept for Removal of Arms and Proliferation with a group of experts based on decades of success as a policy entrepreneur in disarmament and weapons control. Having been part of founding coalitions that produced the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Codes of Conduct on the Arms Trade that led to the ATT. Previously he initiated advocacy to include war planes in the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty, uncovered and helped prevent the deployment of US artillery fired H bombs to Germany and organised transatlantic cooperation to secure the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban.

The event will be chaired by Henrietta Wilson. Henrietta combines policy-relevant research with university teaching and academic-related contracts. Her research explores technical and political challenges associated with arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, and has resulted in diverse outputs which have impacted on real-world policy-making. Her current teaching commitments are at the University of Bristol, and include delivering content on politics and international relations to undergraduate politics and sociology students.

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