April 27, 2017

TOWARD A FUNDENTAL CHANGE
IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLICY

United States Capitol Visitors Center

    About The Event

Current realities call for a transformational change in nuclear weapons policy. This all-day conference will bring together scientists, policy experts, and religious leaders to discuss what must be done to pave the way for a nuclear weapons-free world. Convened by Soka Gakkai International-USA, cosponsored by PSR and other groups.

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The Program

Welcome by Danny Hall, SGI-USA,
Transcript   Background Resources
Welcoming Words by Congressman Hank Johnson
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Panel One

The Growing Danger of Nuclear War—Potential Flashpoints: How a War Might Start.
Moderator Laicie Heeley
Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense Program
Stimson
Transcript of Introduction by Laicie Heely   Full Panel Transcript    Listen to Audio
South Asia
Zia Mian
Co-Director
Program on Science and Global Security.
Transcript    Background Resources
Korea/NE Asia
Joshua Pollack
Editor of the The Nonproliferation Review and a Senior Research Associate
Middlebury Institute.
Transcript    Background Resources
US/China
Dingli Shen
Founder & Director of the Program on Arms Control and Regional Security
Fudan University.
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US-Russia/Accidental Nuclear War
Bruce Blair
Co-Founder of Global Zero.
Background Resources

Panel Two

The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons: What Happens if the Bomb is Used?
Moderator Matthew McKinzie
Nuclear Program Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
Transcript of Matthew McKinzie's Introduction   Full Panel Transcript   Listen to Audio
The Experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
Setsuko Thurlow
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor.
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Climate Destruction from Limited Nuclear War
Alan Robock
Distinguished Professor, Dept. Environmental Sciences
Rutgers University.
Transcript   Background Resources
Nuclear Famine from Limited Nuclear War and Medical Consequences of Large Scale Nuclear War
Ira Helfan
Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
Transcript   Background Resources
Climate Effect of Large Scale Nuclear War
Alan Robock
Dept. Environmental Sciences
Rutgers University
Transcript   Background Resources

Panel Three

An Interfaith/Youth Perspective on the Moral Imperative to Act
Moderator Lilly Daigle
Network Campaigner
Global Zero
Transcript of Lilly Daigle's Introduction   Full Panel Transcript   Listen to Audio
Muslim Perspective
Bassem Chaaban
Director of the Center for Peace
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Quaker Perspective
Jamie Demarco
Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending
Friends Committee on National Legislation 
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Buddhist Perspective
Mike O' Malley, Director of Young Men's Programs SGI-USA
Olivia Saito, Director of Young Women's Programs, SGI-USA
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Jewish Perspective:
Erica Fein
Nuclear Weapons Policy Director
Women's Actions for New Directions
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Catholic Perspective
James P. O'Sullivan
Assistant Professor of Social Ethics, Affiliated Scholar-Clinical Bioethics and Faith Justice Institutes
Saint Joseph's University   Transcript

Panel Four

Toward a Fundamental Change in Nulcear Weapons Policy
Moderator Kathleen Sullivan
Hibakusha Stories)
Transcript of Kathleen Sullivan's Introduction    Full Panel Transcript    Listen to Audio
Is Nuclear Deterrence a Sustainable Policy?
Barry M. Blechman
Co-Founder Stiimson Center
Transcript
Immediate Steps to Reduce the Danger
Daryl G. Kimball
Executive Director
Arms Control Association.
Transcript   Background Resources
The Ban Treaty and Beyond: The Road to Nuclear Abolition
Ray Acheson
Director Reaching Critical Will
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