At the July 7, 2017 United Nations Conference, 122 participants voted in favor of a treaty that prohibits nuclear weapons. No nuclear-weapon states, nor their allies, supported it. The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty expresses concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and calls for their complete elimination. At first glance, there is little common ground between those who want to ban nuclear weapons and those who want to keep them; these two positions seem so far apart that it would be impossible to overcome their differences. During this seminar, the panel will discuss the future of the ban of nuclear weapons and a possible compromise.
Anita Friedt, Acting Assistant Secretary, Department of State
Heinz Gaertner, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS
Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association
Mallory Stewart, Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and Sandia National Labs
Michael Haltzel, Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS
Wine and cheese will be served after the seminar.
RSVP is required.
This seminar is part of an Austrian Lecture Series jointly organized by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, the Embassy of Austria, and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the U.S.-Austrian diplomatic relations, the Commemorative Year 2018 (including the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Austria) and the Austrian presidency of the European Union 2018.