Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

The Future of Nuclear Weapons

Dr. Robert Nelson
Princeton University, NJ

Friday, March 19, 2004
8:00 PM @ Stirling D

Abstract:

Although the United States and Russia continue to maintain thousands of nuclear weapons on high alert, neither country has developed or tested a new nuclear weapon in over a decade. However, policymakers within the Bush Administration have recently argued that the United States needs to develop new types of nuclear weapons to deter emerging security threats, particularly from third-world tyrants possessing weapons of mass destruction. This talk will discuss the utility of nuclear weapons for deterrence in the twenty-first century and the implications of future U.S. policy decisions for nuclear arms control and nonproliferation.

Robert Nelson is a Senior Fellow in Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the research staff at the Princeton University Program on Science and Global Security. He is a theoretical astrophysicist by training, and now works on technical issues related to nuclear arms control, treaty verification and nuclear nonproliferation. His research and writing emphasize translating sound science into sound government policy.

Refreshments will be available in the lounge after the talk.