Weapons of Mass Destruction


Megawatts and Megatons

Authors: Richard L. Garwin and Georges Charpak

For nearly sixty years the menace of nuclear war has hung over humanity, while at the same time the promise of nuclear energy has enticed us. In Megawatts and Megatons, two of the world's most eminent physicists, Georges Charpak and Richard L. Garwin, assess with consummate authority the benefits of nuclear energy and the dangers of nuclear weaponry.

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China, Nuclear Weapons, and Arms Control (A CFR Paper)

Authors: Robert A. Manning, Ronald Montaperto, and Brad Roberts

This report suggests that few challenges loom as large on the U.S. foreign policy agenda as the effective management of relations with the People's Republic of China (PRC). This is a perennial challenge, given China's central role in Asia and the many issues on the bilateral agenda that feature prominently in U.S. domestic politics. But U.S.-PRC relations take on added significance with China's emergence after decades of isolation and its growing weight in the global economy. Cooperation between China and the United States could pay large dividends for the international system more generally -- just as confrontation between them would have far-reaching implications.

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Task Force Report No. 2

Success or Sellout

This report—the result of an expert bipartisan task force—traces the history of the negotiations, explains what the accord contains, what it requires from the parties, and provides responses to commonly raised questions and criticisms. It also suggests some guidelines for the United States, South Korea, and Japan as they implement the agreement—or protect themselves against its failure.

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Reducing Nuclear Dangers: The Race Between Cooperation and Catastrophe

Recognizing that we have arrived at a dangerous tipping point in the nuclear era, Senator Nunn will discuss the path that he, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, and Bill Perry have charted for advancing the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons linked to specific steps to reduce nuclear dangers.

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Meeting

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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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