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The world’s top nuclear weapon policy and strategy experts will gather in Melbourne in January 2015 to examine the history, current challenges and future threats facing the global nuclear order.
Reassessing the Global Nuclear Order – Past, Present, and Future will be hosted by RMIT University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (8-10 January).
The conference is the greatest gathering of nuclear specialists ever held in Australia, bringing together scholars and think tanks from the United States, United Kingdom, China, Iran, Australia and New Zealand.
Co-convenor Professor Joseph Siracusa said the event coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Gilpatric Report, which helped transform American nuclear non-proliferation policy.
“This landmark conference aims to open a keenly needed conversation to assess the contemporary global nuclear order – the history of its creation, its present health and viability, and future threats and challenges,” Professor Siracusa said.
“The Gilpatric Report’s controversial recommendations led to a profound re-examination of the threat nuclear weapons posed to the US and the world.
“Fifty years on, do we need a similar reassessment of our attitudes and policies towards nuclear weapons?”
Key questions considered at the event, which will be an Aspen-style set of intensive conversations based on think-pieces produced by delegates, include:
Delegates will include co-convenor Professor Francis Gavin (MIT), Janne Nolan (George Washington University), Matt Kroneing (George Washington University), Jim Walsh (MIT) and Vipin Narang (MIT).
The conference is held in conjunction with RMIT’s Globalism Research Centre, the Nuclear Studies Research Initiative and the International Security Studies Forum (an H-Diplo production).
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