British Pugwash: James Acton webinar

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British Pugwash: James Acton webinar

8 April @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Pugwash on Monday 8th April at 6pm (UK time) for our webinar with leading expert on nuclear weapons policy, Dr James Acton.

There will be discussion on the rising tensions between the nuclear powers, and the prospects for a more peaceful world. In particular, the webinar will consider nuclear entanglement and escalation risks, and the impact of new technologies on nuclear decision-making.

The meeting will be chaired by Peter Jenkins (Chair, British Pugwash). Dr Tim Street (Secretary, British Pugwash) will be the discussant. A Q&A will follow the talk.

James Acton holds the Jessica T. Mathews Chair and is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A physicist by training, Acton is currently writing a book on the risks of entanglement between the nuclear and nonnuclear domains and how to mitigate them. His previous work on this subject includes the International Security article “Escalation through Entanglement.”

An expert on hypersonic weapons, Acton has testified on this topic to the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and the congressionally chartered U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has also testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on nuclear modernization. Acton is a member of the International Advisory Council for the Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe. He has published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostDædalusForeign AffairsForeign Policy,

Science & Global Security, and Survival.

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