Weapons of Mass Destruction


C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics: The Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons - Prospects for Continuance

Speaker: Thomas Schelling
Presider: Ashton Carter

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

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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Speaker: William Perry
Speaker: Brent Scowcroft
Presider: Jackson Diehl

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.

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Disarming, Delisting, and Dealing with North Korea: Next Steps

Speaker: Michael Green
Speaker: Gary Samore
Presider: Don Oberdorfer

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.

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Iran and Policy Options for the Next Administration

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.



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The Costs of Containing Iran

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Expert Brief

Assessing Motives in Tehran

Author: Frank Procida

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.

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The UN Inspectors' Job in Syria

Amy E. Smithson interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

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.

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