The Nuclear Future: Can There Be Order Without Trust?

Developments in relations between major powers and nuclear-armed states in tense regions render the future of arms control, nuclear confidence-building, and U.S. leadership in the global nonproliferation regime uncertain. Please join the Stimson Center for a luncheon discussion addressing trust deficits in the global nuclear order. Our featured speaker, Heather Williams, lecturer in Defence Studies, Kings College London, will offer recommendations for how the United States can rebuild trust within the global nuclear order, to include increased transparency and unilateral measures in the absence of new treaties. Justin Anderson, senior research fellow, National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Rebecca Gibbons, post-doctoral fellow, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Sara Kutchesfahani, senior policy analyst, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, will offer comments. Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Stimson Center, will convene our luncheon meeting, and Hannah Haegeland, a South Asia analyst at Stimson, will moderate the discussion. 

WHAT: An on-the-record discussion with Heather Williams on trust deficits and the future of the global nuclear order.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Monday July 30, 2018 | 12:30 pm- 2:00pm
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Heather Williams, Lecturer in Defence Studies, Kings College London
Heather Williams is a lecturer in the Defence Studies Department and Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s College London. She is also an adjunct research staff member in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia, where she has worked since 2008. Until January 2015, Heather was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy at Chatham House and led projects on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Initiative. She is also a co-President of Women in International Security (UK). Williams currently leads research projects on asymmetric arms control and emerging technologies, the impact of social media on conflict escalation, and U.S. messaging strategies on arms control and disarmament. She completed her PhD, “Negotiated Trust: U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Control, 1968-2010”, in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London in December 2014. She has a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies from Boston University, and an MA in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University.

Justin Anderson, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Justin Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow at National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. His research focuses on deterrence (nuclear and non-nuclear), nuclear forces, and future nuclear arms control agreements and confidence-building measures (CBMs). Prior to joining the Center, he was a Senior Policy analyst at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), providing research and analysis on arms control, counter-WMD, and deterrence issues to the Air Force, USSTRATCOM, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and OSD Office of Treaty Compliance. Anderson was the lead analyst for a SAIC team that received the 2011 Major General Linhard Award for Outstanding Research from the Air Force Institute of National Security Studies. From 2009-10, in support of OSD Office of the General Counsel/International Affairs, he served as Editor of the Department of Defense Law of War Manual. He was a 2003 Marshall Scholar and a 2000 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow. He has a PhD and MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

Rebecca Gibbons, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Rebecca Davis Gibbons is an assistant professor of international relations, teaching courses on nuclear issues, international security, and international order. Gibbons received her PhD in international relations from Georgetown University. In 2013-2014, she was a predoctoral Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Gibbons holds an M.A. in international security studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in psychological & brain sciences from Dartmouth College. After college, she taught elementary school within the Bikini community in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she will be a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center working on a book manuscript about the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

Sara Kutchesfahani, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Sara Z. Kutchesfahani is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control And Non-Proliferation and the Senior Program Coordinator for the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), where she focuses on efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. She was previously the Executive Director for the Center for International Trade and Security and the Director for the Master of International Policy (MIP) Program at the University of Georgia, where she worked on nuclear security-related projects and nuclear non- proliferation policy issues, and taught graduate courses on nuclear non-proliferation history and the global nuclear order. She has held research positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She holds a PhD in Political Science from University College, London, and is the author of Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements (Routledge: 2014). She is currently writing a book on the global nuclear order, due to be published by Routledge in late 2018.

Michael Krepon, Co-Founder, Stimson Center
Michael Krepon co-founded the Stimson Center in 1989. He served as Stimson’s President and CEO until 2000 and continues to direct Stimson’s programming on nuclear and space issues. He was appointed the University of Virginia’s Diplomat Scholar, where he taught from 2001-2010. He is the author and editor of twenty-one books, most recently The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age.  He worked previously at the Carnegie Endowment, the State Department’s Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Carter Administration, and on Capitol Hill. He received the Carnegie Endowment’s Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award in 2015 for lifetime achievement in non-governmental work to reduce nuclear dangers.

Hannah Haegeland, Research Analyst, South Asia Program, Stimson Center
Hannah Haegeland is an Analyst in Stimson’s South Asia Program researching nuclear security, crisis escalation and management, strategic culture, and regional politics. Her co-edited volume, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, was recently published by Stimson and is freely available at Haegeland joined Stimson as a Scoville Peace Fellow in 2015, after working at the National Bureau of Asian Research and completing her M.A. in South Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Previously, while researching and studying in South Asia, Haegeland was a Boren Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and U.S. Department of Education Urdu Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow.


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