NTI and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists are hosting a special teleconference event on Thursday, August 6th at 11am EDT, featuring arms control experts and Bulletin authors Olli Heinonen, Joan Rohlfing, and Frank von Hippel, and moderated by The Atlantic’s James Fallows. NTI and the Bulletin are hosting this special event specifically for our community of supporters, because we know facts are as important to you as they are to us.
The discussion will focus on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 from the perspective of those who have been on the ground for inspections, parts of negotiating teams, or have served in government crafting arms control policies. What do these experts think about the JCPOA, and can it be implemented effectively?
A podcast will be available soon after the event is over.
James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.
Olli Heinonen is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teachings include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organizations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Heinonen served 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna; he was the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards
Joan Rohlfing is president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. She was appointed to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation in 2014 and is a member of the Directorate Advisory Committee of the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Before joining NTI, she held senior positions with the US Department of Energy as senior advisor for national security to the Secretary of Energy and as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security.
Frank von Hippel is one of the United States’ most prominent scientists in the nuclear policy arena. He co-founded Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security and the International Panel on Fissile Materials, and is a member of the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors. A former assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology, von Hippel's policy research currently focuses on reducing global stocks of weapon-usable fissile materials and the number of locations where they can be found.