April 27, 2017

TOWARD A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE
IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLICY

United States Capitol Visitor Center

    About The Event

Current realities call for a transformational change in nuclear weapons policy. This all-day conference brought 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 Daniel Hall
Public Affairs Director
SGI-USA
Transcript   Background Resources
Welcoming Words by Congressman Hank Johnson
Transcript   

Panel One

The Growing Danger of Nuclear War—Potential Flashpoints: How a War Might Start.
Listen to Panel 1 Audio
Transcript of Introduction by Laicie Heeley  
Moderator Laicie Heeley
Fellow, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense Program
Stimson Center

South Asia
Zia Mian
Co-Director
Program on Science and Global Security
Princeton University
Transcript    Background Resources

Korea/NE Asia
Joshua Pollack
Editor,The Nonproliferation Review
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
Transcript
   
US-Russia/Accidental Nuclear War
Bruce Blair
Co-Founder
Global Zero
Background Resources

Panel Two

The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons: What Happens if the Bomb is Used?
Listen to Panel 2 Audio
Transcript of Matthew McKinzie's Introduction
Moderator Matthew McKinzie
Nuclear Program Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
      
The Experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Setsuko Thurlow
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor
Transcript

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 Helfand
Co-President
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Transcript   Background Resources

Climate Effect of Large Scale Nuclear War
Alan Robock
Distinguished Professor, Department Environmental Sciences
Rutgers University
Transcript   Background Resources

Panel Three

An Interfaith/Youth Perspective on the Moral Imperative to Act
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Transcript of Lilly Daigle's Introduction
Moderator Lilly Daigle
Network Campaigner
Global Zero
      
Muslim Perspective
Bassem Chaaban
Director
Center for Peace
Transcript

Quaker Perspective
Jamie DeMarco
Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending
Friends Committee on National Legislation 
Transcript

Buddhist Perspective
Mike O' Malley
Director of Young Men's Programs
SGI-USA
Olivia Saito
Director of Young Women's Programs
SGI-USA
Transcript

Jewish Perspective:
Erica Fein
Nuclear Weapons Policy Director
Women's Actions for New Directions
Transcript

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
Listen To Panel 4 Audio
Transcript of Kathleen Sullivan's Introduction
Moderator Kathleen Sullivan
Program Director
Hibakusha Stories
        
Is Nuclear Deterrence a Sustainable Policy?
Barry M. Blechman
Co-Founder
Stimson 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
Transcript

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News

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