The C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics is presented by the Corporate Program and the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.
5:30-6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. Meeting
7:00-8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
President Obama has called for the eventual global abolition of nuclear weapons, but they will remain a fundamental element of U.S. national security in the near term. The CFR Task Force report makes recommendations on how to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. deterrent nuclear force and puts forth measures to prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime. Task Force co-chairs William J. Perry and Brent Scowcroft will discuss the report’s main findings and recommendations.
The report is available on CFR’s website at http://www.cfr.org/nuclear_weapons_policy. Hard copies will be available at the meeting.
Just two years have passed since North Korea's nuclear test. Heightened engagement efforts, through the six-party talks, led to agreement on nuclear disarmament and North Korea's recent removal from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism. However, North Korea remains a strategic challenge. Join Michael Green and Gary Samore for a discussion of North Korea in the region, the world, and in U.S. policy for a new U.S. administration.
Hans Blix, former executive chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, joins Mitchel B. Wallerstein, president of Baruch College, to discuss Blix's experiences.
8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Session One: Iran's Domestic Politics
Ali Ansari, Professor and Director, Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews
Farideh Farhi, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii
Presider: Lee Cullum, KERA T V
10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Session Two: The Nuclear Dimension and Iranian Foreign Policy
Ashton B. Carter, Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Gary Samore, Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Gideon Rose, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Session Three: Policy Options and Recommendations for the Next Administration
Vali Nasr, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch
This symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The success of a UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Aleppo province last week will depend on a number of factors and could prove inconclusive, says CFR's Gregory Koblentz.
Reducing the risk that chemical weapons will be used in Syria, considered a nightmare scenario, requires a comprehensive prevention strategy from the international community, writes CFR's Paul Stares.
A summit hosted by the Obama administration one year ago has spurred momentum on global nuclear security measures. But the United States must lead efforts to redouble commitments on preventing the proliferation of nuclear materials, writes CFR's Emma Belcher.
As NATO prepares for this weekend's summit, the U.S. should consider removing its nuclear weapons from Europe, as its tactical nuclear umbrella over NATO is no longer vital to European security. Russia also should limit its nuclear arsenal, says CFR's Micah Zenko.
As American policymakers and foreign policy experts argue over the proper reaction to Iran's apparent quest for nuclear weapons, CFR's Intelligence Fellow Frank Procida asks whether the West should be so sure weaponization is in the offing given its track record on guessing at what motivates Tehran.
North Korea's nuclear test raises new concerns about its nuclear capabilities, regime succession, and the limits of both international pressure and engagement. Four experts address the policy options available to influence Pyongyang.
The United States has made real strides against nuclear terrorism, but efforts to secure nuclear materials are incomplete and will require continued commitment, says CFR's Michael Levi.
As nuclear talks between Iran and major powers resume, the moment is ripe for a U.S.-led diplomatic offensive, backed by economic incentives, to persuade Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment program, says CFR's Matthew Fuhrmann.
This timeline looks at the history of U.S.-Russia arms control milestones from 1949 to present.
While North Korea has been condemned by a UN panel for crimes against humanity, its ally China is focused on denuclearization, not human rights, says CFR's Scott Snyder.
The search for evidence of chemical weapons in Syria is painstaking and hampered by harsh conditions, but could yield decisive findings as debate over military action intensifies, says expert Amy E. Smithson.
This week's latest round of Iran talks seems to have done little to reconcile the two sides on the country's nuclear position, says CFR's Michael A. Levi.
This week's nuclear talks ended without resolving the issue of uranium enrichment, leaving Iran to potentially face tougher sanctions, says CFR's Ray Takeyh.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
In The Hacked World Order, CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal shows how governments use the web to wage war and spy on, coerce, and damage each other. More
Red Team provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil's advocates. More
Through insightful analysis and engaging graphics, How America Stacks Up explores how the United States can keep pace with global economic competition. More
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