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Countering WMD amidst Global Tensions

On September 16, 2016, PASCC will host its semi-annual workshop at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC to present PASCC-sponsored research on strategic stability among major powers as well as on emerging technologies in sensitive regions with implications for WMD proliferation. At this half-day event, PASCC grantees will brief their findings from ongoing and recently completed research projects and international workshops, followed by a Q&A.


Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

LocationCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Conference Room 

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.



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

James Clay MoltzProfessor and Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School

Hunter LutinskiDirector, J2/5/8R, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

James SmithDirector, INSS and Incoming Director, PASCC, U.S. Air Force Academy


Panel 1: Strategic Stability Among the Major Powers (8:45-10:15)

Chair: James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Rebecca Hersman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

European Track II Nuclear Dialogue

Elbridge Colby, Center for a New American Security

Managing Escalation and Limiting War with Nuclear Powers

Larry Brandt, Stanford University

Structuring Cooperative Nuclear Risk Reduction Initiatives with China

Benjamin Rusek, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

U.S.-China Biosafety Dialogue


Break (10:15-10:45)


Panel 2: Mitigating WMD Concerns: Emerging Technologies and Sensitive Regions  (10:45-12:00)

Chair: Tristan Volpe, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Gigi Gronvall, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Improving Security Through International Biosafety Norms

Jeannie Johnson, Utah State University

Scoping Future Nuclear Proliferation Risks: Leveraging Emerging Trends in Socio-Cultural Modeling and Analysis 

Wyn Bowen and Matthew Moran, King's College London

Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Future

Heather Conley, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Baltic States and Poland Track II Deterrence and Strategic Stability Dialogue


Closing Remarks (12:00-12:10)

Michael MalleyExecutive Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School