Please join us for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy annual symposium! 
This year’s symposium is The Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons, and is brought to you by the JNSLP, the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, and the Georgetown Center for Asian Law
The symposium will take place Monday, February 25, 2019 at Georgetown Law from 9:00 AM – 3:20 PM. The event will be held on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center.
In addition to the following three panels, the symposium will also feature a lunchtime keynote speech by Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund.
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM 
  • Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Banning Nuclear Weapons?
9:15 AM – 10:40 AM
The recent U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with the goal of leading toward their total elimination. This panel will invite speakers to discuss the substance of the treaty, arguments pro and con for the U.S. adopting this new treaty, and historic and contemporary positions of the U.S. military and Congress on the prospect of nuclear war. In addition, the panel will discuss the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and U.S obligations under the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. We will also invite speakers to explore the potential effects that psychological denial and dependency, secrecy, and the political influence of defense contractors play in dealing with this threat.
  • Adam Mount, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Posture Project, Federation of American Scientists
  • John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
  • Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation.
  • Moderator: David A. Koplow, Professor of Law at Georgetown Law

U.S./Russia Nuclear Relations
10:55 AM – 12:20 PM
The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review outlines recent U.S. policy on nuclear weapons. Assessment of the Review will provide an opportunity to address the Trump administration’s changes in long-standing U.S. nuclear policy, including announced plans to use nuclear weapons first to counter non-nuclear aggression; prospects for an extended New START Treaty; and the status and significance of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in light of new missile technology and drones.

  • Michael Krepon, Co-founder/Senior Associate, Stimson Center
  • Bonnie Jenkins, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute
  • Adam Scheinman, Former Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Dept. of State 
  • ModeratorDakota Rudesill, Assistant Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

12:50 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund.
Nuclear Weapons Issues on the Korean Peninsula
1:45 PM – 3:10 PM
With North Korean nuclear weapons and ICBMs representing a credible threat to the United States, and worries that the United States might hesitate to defend South Korea from a North Korean attack, some public opinion has turned in favor of a South Korean nuclear arsenal. This panel will assess ongoing diplomacy aimed at eliminating the North Korean nuclear program, U.S. missile defense systems, and countering the nuclear threat from North Korea with preemptive cyber-attacks.

  • Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Joel S. Wit, Senior Fellow and Director of 38 North, Stimson Center
  • Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow, Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Moderator: James V. Feinerman, Co-Director, Georgetown Center for Asian Law  

3:10 – 3:20 pm
  • Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

A reception will follow the event.

To RSVP, please click hereThank you!

– The 2019 JNSLP Symposium Team

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