The Nonproliferation Treaty at Fifty

Please join the Stimson Center for a luncheon panel on “The Nonproliferation Treaty at Fifty.” Our featured speaker will be Professor Scott Sagan, the co-author with Kenneth Waltz of The Spread of Nuclear Weapons. We have asked Sagan to reprise the debate over proliferation optimism and pessimism on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Nonproliferation Treaty. Susan Burk, Matthew Kroenig, and Joan Rohlfing will provide commentary.

WHAT: An on the record discussion of proliferation pessimism and optimism with Scott Sagan, Susan Burk, Matthew Kroenig, and Joan Rohlfing to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Nonproliferation Treaty.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Thursday, June 7th, 12:30–2:00pm
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SCOTT D. SAGAN, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Sagan is the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University. From 1984 to 1985, he served as special assistant to the director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. Sagan has also served as a consultant to the office of the Secretary of Defense and at the Sandia National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Sagan is the author of Moving Targets: Nuclear Strategy and National Security (Princeton University Press, 1989); The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons (Princeton University Press, 1993); and, with co-author Kenneth N. Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate (W.W. Norton, 3rd Ed., 2012).

SUSAN BURK, Former Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation 

Burk served as the Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation with the rank of Ambassador, from 2009-2012, leading the U.S. preparations for and participation in the successful 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. Over her more than 35 years of public service focused on United States’ nonproliferation, arms control and counterterrorism objectives, she has held a number of senior positions in both the State Department and the former U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA).  Burk served in the Nonproliferation Bureau as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Controls and as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation.

MATTHEW KROENIG, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown

Kroenig is Deputy Director for Strategy in the Scowcroft Center on Security and Strategy at the Atlantic Council. His work has covered a wide range of topics in international relations and national security. Kroenig is the author or editor of six books, including The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2018). He has served in several positions in the U.S. Department of Defense and the intelligence community and regularly consults with a wide range of U.S. government entities.

JOAN ROHFLING, President and CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)

Rohlfing became president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in January 2010, after nine years as NTI’s senior vice president for programs and operations. Rohlfing is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee and Chairs the Directorate Advisory Committee of the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Before joining NTI, she held senior positions with the U.S. Department of Energy, as senior advisor for national security to the Secretary of Energy and as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security.  

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