“The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons”

February 11, 2019

Feb. 25 national security symposium at Georgetown Law

WASHINGTON –  On Monday, Feb. 25, Georgetown Law’s Journal of National Security Law & Policy will hold its annual symposium on “The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons” in partnership with Georgetown Law’s Center on National Security and Law and the Center for Asian Law.


On the eve of President Trump’s second summit with North Korean President Kim Jong Un, and in the wake of the U.S. and Russia pulling out of a major nuclear weapons treaty, leading experts will discuss the way forward on nuclear nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament.  The Journal of National Security Law & Policy’s annual symposium will present three panels on “The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons.” The first, “Banning Nuclear Weapons?” will discuss existing treaty obligations and the potential of a new U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons.  The second panel, “U.S.-Russia Nuclear Relations,” will include latest developments and analysis of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, which includes major changes to U.S. nuclear policy. The third panel, “Nuclear Weapons Issues on the Korean Peninsula,” will discuss diplomatic stakes for the Feb. 27-28 summit, U.S. missile defense systems and the potential use of preemptive cyber-attacks to disrupt North Korea’s nuclear program.  Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, will offer a lunchtime keynote address on “The Failure of U.S. Nuclear Policy.”


Keynote: Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund

Panelists: David A. Koplow, Georgetown Law • James V. Feinerman, Georgetown Law • Adam Mount, Federation of American Scientists • John Burroughs, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy • Alexandra Bell, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation • Michael Krepon, Stimson Center • Bonnie Jenkins, Brookings Institute • Adam Scheinman, Former Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Dept. of State •  Dakota Rudesill, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law • Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations • Joel S. Wit, Stimson Center • Sue Mi Terry, Center for Strategic and International Studies • Stephen Dycus, Vermont Law School


Friday, February 25, 2018
9:00 am – 3:20 pm
Reception to follow


Georgetown Law
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


Media wishing to attend should RSVP via mediarelations@law.georgetown.edu