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A Preview of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

AsiaConnect Briefing with Gary Samore
President Barack Obama (top center) hosts 46 visiting leaders at the start of the plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit April 13, 2010, in Washington, DC. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

The Asia Society Policy Institute is pleased to present an AsiaConnect briefing call with Dr. Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Dr. Samore, who served as President Obama’s Sherpa to the 2010 and 2012 Nuclear Security Summits, will join us to discuss the Obama administration’s fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on March 31 — April 1. Although previous summits made notable progress on President Obama’s goal of securing vulnerable nuclear materials and minimizing the risk of nuclear terrorism, the 2016 meeting presents a key opportunity for the Obama administration to lock in important commitments that will strengthen the global nuclear security architecture for the future.

With North Korea continuing to thwart the global non-proliferation regime, and key Asian nations such as Russia, China, India, and Pakistan remaining non-signatories to international commitments on nuclear security implementation, there is no continent more critical to global nuclear security than Asia. During the call, Dr. Samore will preview key policy issues and decision points Asian leaders will need to address at this month’s summit and potential hurdles to achieving a more robust nuclear security regime in the Asian region. This briefing will be on-the-record.

Dr. Gary Samore

Dr. Gary Samore is the Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In December 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) under Secretary Ernest Moniz. He served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), including as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea. As WMD Coordinator, he served as the principal advisor to the President on all matters relating to arms control and the prevention of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and WMD terrorism, and coordinated United States government activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent proliferation and WMD terrorism, and promote international arms control efforts. 

 

To register and obtain call-in information, please email [email protected].

                               

ASPI’s AsiaConnect is a monthly telephone briefing series on pressing issues in Asia and U.S.-Asia relations made possible through the generous support of Asia Society Trustee Mitch Julis.

 

Event Details

Fri 25 Mar 2016
10:00am - 10:45am
This briefing will be conducted by teleconference. To register and obtain call-in information, please email [email protected]