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New Approaches to Preventing Regional Conflict:
A PASCC Workshop

On September 25, 2015, PASCC hosted its semi-annual workshop to present PASCC research on new approaches to preventing regional conflict. This half-day event, held at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, highlighted PASCC-sponsored research on strategic stability in East and South Asia and emerging security challenges in the Middle East. Experts briefed their findings from ongoing and recently completed research projects and international workshops, and engaged in a lively discussion about regional issues related to strategic stability and nuclear weapons.


Welcome and Introductory Remarks (8:30-8:45)

Hunter Lutinski, Director, J2/5/8R, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

James Clay Moltz, Professor and Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School


Panel 1: Building Strategic Stability in East and South Asia (8:45-10:15)

Chair: Stephen Cohen, The Brookings Institution

Li Bin, Tsinghua University and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Understanding Chinese Nuclear Thinking

Brad Glosserman, Pacific Forum - Center for Strategic and International Studies

Trilateral Cooperation to Strengthen Extended Deterrence in Northeast Asia

Robert Einhorn, The Brookings Institution

The Strategic Chain: China, India, Pakistan, and the United States

George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Implications of Indian Tactical Nuclear Weapons for South Asia Deterrence


Break (10:15-10:45)


Panel 2: Emerging Security Challenges in the Middle East  (10:45-12:10)

Chair: Tamara WittesThe Brookings Institution

Michael Elleman, International Institute for Strategic Studies (U.S.)  

Iran’s Evolving Ballistic Missile Doctrine

Eugene Cobble, CNA Corporation

Understanding the Gulf States’ Strategic Thinking

Orde Kittrie, Arizona State University

Expanding Cooperative Nuclear Risk Reduction in the MENA


Closing Remarks (12:10-12:15)

Michael Malley, Executive Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School

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The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) supports research activities that benefit the public through analysis and engagement to reduce and counter the threats posed by WMD/WME. PASCC seeks to:

  • Cultivate national and international research community partnerships across domains
  • Bring scientific, technical, and social science faculty/experts together
  • Look ahead to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities and threats

We encourage you to take a look at our Research in Progress (RIP) summaries for our new and ongoing projects. These RIP sheets describe the strategic relevance and proposed approach to each project, and are published when a project receives funding; they do not include project findings or conclusions. 


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For more information about PASCC, please check out our About PASCC page or download our latest Annual Report.

If you would like to be added to our contact list regarding the BAA and other PASCC announcements, or have questions about PASCC, please email us at pascc@nps.edu.

PASCC is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Joint Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Resources.