Joe Cirincione to speak about nuclear warfare at Vail Symposium, April 17
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What: “Living Amidst a Nuclear Nightmare: A Chill in the Air,” with Joe Cirincione.
When: Monday, April 17. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program begins.
Where: The Grand View in Lionshead Village.
Cost: $25 online general admission, $35 at the door, or $10 for students and teachers.
More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org, or call 970-476-0954 to register.
VAIL — There is a risk that someone will use, by accident or design, one or more of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, rendering useless the standing mutually assured destruction principal of nuclear deterrence theory.
Simply, the threat of nuclear weapons did not end with the Cold War — these weapons, possessed by states large and small, stable and unstable, remain an ongoing nightmare and painfully uncomfortable reality.
Visiting Vail to speak about the state of nuclear weapons and the possibilities of nuclear warfare around the world is Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation.
“It is alarming when the veil is removed from the reality of nuclear weapons around the world,” said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “The amount of nuclear weapons and their being readily available to use is something the world should consider and be knowledgeable about.”
In Vail, Cirincione will discuss the best thinking and worst fears of experts specializing in nuclear warfare and assess the efforts to reduce or eliminate these nuclear dangers. This includes outcomes and realities of the Iran deal and the likely threat of terrorist access to — and implementation of — nuclear bombs. He will also discuss the differences among varying “dirty bombs,” which combine conventional explosives with radioactive material, and their risk.
‘End of Arms-Control Process’
To date, Cirincione has been a spoken critic of President Donald Trump and his mentions of nuclear policy and is quoted in the Washington Post as saying about Trump, “If he means what he says, this could be the end of the arms-control process that reduced 80 percent of our Cold War arsenal.”
Cirincione is the author of “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons” and “Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats.” He serves on the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former member of President Barack Obama’s nuclear policy team and now operates at the center of debates on nuclear terrorism, new nuclear nations and the risks of existing arsenals.
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