Do Nuclear Weapons Matter?

Council on Foreign Relations

Agenda

5:00 PM – 5:20 PM: Check-in

5:20 PM – 6:30 PM: Panel Discussion  

Elbridge Colby, Director of Defense, Center for a New American Security; U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development (2017–18)

Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

Nina Tannenwald, Director of the International Relations Program at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Moderator: Curtis Brainard, Managing Editor, Scientific American

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Cocktail Reception 

Speakers

Curtis Brainard, Managing Editor, Scientific American

Curtis Brainard is the Managing Editor of Scientific American and he sits on the governing board of the World Federation of Science Journalists. His writing has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Popular Science, and other publications.

Elbridge Colby, Director of Defense Program, Center for a New American Security; U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development from 2017–18

Elbridge Colby is the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, where he leads CNAS’ work on defense issues. Previously, Colby served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development from 2017-2018. In that role, he served as the lead official in the development and rollout of the Department’s preeminent strategic planning guidance, the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS). Prior to entering government service, Colby was from 2014 to 2017 the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he focused on a range of defense issues and consulted regularly with the Defense Department and other U.S. Government elements. Colby is the author of many book chapters, reports, and articles on defense and foreign policy issues, and co-edited a volume on Strategic Stability: Contending Interpretations. His work has appeared in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, and Survival. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

Gideon Rose was appointed Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2010. He was Managing Editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. He has also served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia. He is the author of How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, October 2010).

Nina Tannenwald, Director of the International Relations Program at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Nina Tannenwald is Director of the International Relations Program at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and a Senior Lecturer in Political Science.  Her research focuses on the role of international institutions, norms and ideas in global security issues, efforts to control weapons of mass destruction, and human rights and the laws of war. Her book, The Nuclear Taboo:  The United States and the Non-use of Nuclear Weapons Since 1945 was awarded the 2009 Lepgold Prize for best book in international relations.  Her current research projects include targeted killing, the future of the nuclear normative order, and the effectiveness of the laws of war. In 2012-2013 she served as a Franklin Fellow in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. State Department. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in international relations from Cornell University.

 

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