The Return of Nuclear: Are We Ready to Compete?


Russell Senate Office Building
Friday, March 9, 2018 | 10am-11:30am | Room SR-485



On the heels of President Trump’s announcement that he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the National Security Institute hosted two panels on the role of the United States in an increasingly uncertain international system.  These conversations brought together experts from the federal government, private sector, public policy, and academia to explore the internal and external forces impacting U.S. nuclear policy today.  You can view recordings of both panels here, and you can read our summary of the discussion here.

Panel 1: Prepared or Posturing: Does the Recent Nuclear Posture Review Effectively Address Today’s Threat?

  • Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, Department of State
  • Dr. John R. Harvey, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
  • Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder, National Security Institute
  • Lynn Rusten, Senior Advisor, Global Nuclear Policy Program, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Panel 2: Nuclear Storms Back: How are Rogue Powers and Potential Competitors Impacting U.S. Strategy?

  • Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund
  • Dr. Andrea Limbago, Chief Social Scientist, Endgame
  • Dr. Evan Montgomery, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment
  • Dr. Adam Mount, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Posture Project, Federation of American Scientists
  • Dr. Megan Reiss, Senior National Security Fellow, R Street Institute