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.
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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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.
Released before the 1995 New York City meeting surrounding the Nonproliferation Treaty, this report states that halting the spread of nuclear weapons must be a top priority not just for the United States but for the entire international community.
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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.
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.
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.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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