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2021 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference
June 22, 2021 — June 24, 2021
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The Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference is going virtual. For over 30 years, the conference has facilitated conversation and networking between officials, experts, scholars, journalists, and students from around the globe. Join colleagues from across the nuclear policy field to debate—and explore solutions for—the most pressing challenges in nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, disarmament, deterrence, energy, and security.  
All 1000 free registrations have been claimed. Tickets are now *$5.
Only registered participants will be able to ask questions to speakers and network with one another. Others will be able to watch the live stream free-of-charge on YouTube.
We are excited to announce the return of our Young Professionals Track. Graduate students and other participants with fewer than five years of professional experience are invited to attend a number of dedicated activities. This year’s Young Professionals Track will include a plenary session, breakout discussions, and mentorship sessions.  
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AGENDA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS 2021 THÉRÈSE DELPECH MEMORIAL AWARD
Featured Speakers

 
Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Keynote Address

 
Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Keynote Address
 
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Foreign Minister of Norway
Keynote Address
 
AGENDA
JUNE 22
Sessions Include:
9:00 a.m.
WELCOMING REMARKS

 
James Acton
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 
Toby Dalton
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
9:10 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
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 Ine Eriksen Søreide
Minister of Foreign Affairs for Norway
Moderator

 
Shashank Joshi
The Economist
10:30 a.m.
NUCLEAR RISK REDUCTION: DEVELOPING A PRACTICAL AGENDA
With tensions between nuclear-armed states on the rise, governments and NGOs have seized on nuclear risk reduction as a critical near-term goal. But on what risks, specifically, should governments focus their limited time and attention? What is the best way to address these risks? And is risk reduction a contribution to or a distraction from the disarmament goals enshrined in article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?
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Moderator

 
George Perkovich
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Speakers

 
Maleeha Lodhi
Former UN Representative for Pakistan
 Izumi Nakamitsu
UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

 
Janneke Vrijland
Deputy Head, Non-proliferation, Disarmament and Nuclear Affairs Security Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
12:00 p.m.
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Sergey Ryabkov
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Moderator

 
Rose Gottemoeller
Stanford University
2:00 p.m.
TOWARD EQUITY AND ANTIRACISM IN NUCLEAR POLICYMAKING
Many national security institutions—including those in the nuclear policy field—are strengthening their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Such efforts focus on the important goal of incorporating diverse voices in spaces where they have historically been underrepresented, but what else should equity in nuclear policymaking entail? What are the barriers to achieving equity?  How could diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts contribute to achieving an antiracist foreign policy? And, how might such efforts ultimately affect policy outcomes on contemporary nuclear issues, including Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons modernization, and disarmament? 
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Moderator

 
Bunmi Akinnusotu
What in the World? Podcast
Speakers

 
Bishop Garrison
senior advisor to the U.S. secretary of defense for Human Capital and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 
Jessica Lee
Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

 
Aditi Verma
Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center
JUNE 23
Sessions Include:
1:55 p.m.
PRESENTATION OF THE 2021 THÉRÈSE DELPECH MEMORIAL AWARD
This award is offered, at each conference, to an individual who has rendered exceptional service to the nongovernmental nuclear policy community.
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2:10 p.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
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Colin Kahl
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Moderator

 
Amy Woolf
Congressional Research Service
 
JUNE 24
Sessions Include:
9:00 a.m.
ALLIANCES, PROLIFERATION, AND ESCALATION RISKS IN NORTHEAST ASIA
U.S. alliances are a primary mechanism for preventing further nuclear proliferation, particularly in Northeast Asia. Both Seoul and Tokyo are adopting independent precision-strike, conventional capabilities—is this a new form of hedging? Are there tradeoffs between deterrence and escalation risks with these capabilities? Do U.S. allies’ conventional strike capabilities remove a perceived need for forward deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Northeast Asia or nuclear sharing arrangements with Japan and South Korea? What are the potential risks and benefits of forward deployment or nuclear sharing?
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Moderator

 
Shaun Kim
Former senior advisor to the ambassador at U.S. Embassy Seoul
Speakers

 
Harry Harris
Former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea

 
Bo Ram Kwon
Korea Insitute of Defense Analyses

 
Hideshi Tokuchi
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
10:15 a.m.
IN-MEMORIAM
Join us as we honor those who contributed to the International nuclear policy community and dedicated their lives to building a more safe and secure world.
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10:30 a.m.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FUTURE OF ARMS CONTROL
Nuclear-armed states are capitalizing on technological developments in modernizing their nuclear forces while simultaneously trying to mitigate emerging vulnerabilities. Hypersonic missiles and nuclear-powered propulsion systems offer new ways to defeat defenses. Meanwhile, advanced nonnuclear capabilities pose growing threats to nuclear forces and their enabling capabilities. How best should nuclear-armed states manage these developments cooperatively—whether through treaties, confidence building and transparency, or behavioral norms?
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Moderator

 
Jane Vaynman
Temple University
Speakers

 
Andrey Baklitskiy
MGIMO University

 
Heather Williams
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 
Wu Riqiang
Renmin University
11:30 a.m.
CLOSING REMARKS

 
George Perkovich
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
 
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
We are excited to announce the return of our Young Professionals Track. Participants with fewer than five years of professional experience, including graduate students, are invited to attend a number of activities. The deadline to register interest in the Young Professionals Track has passed. Chosen participants will be notfied no later than June 11, 2021.

Activities will include:
  • Plenary Panel
  • Breakout Roundtable Discussions
  • Mentoring Sessions
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We are pleased to partner with CSIS PONI and WCAPS for the 2021 Young Professionals Track.

Plenary Panel
Armchair to Expert: How to Become a Regional Specialist without Leaving Your Home (Country)
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Breakout Groups include:
  • Denuclearization or Risk Reduction? Priorities on the Korean Peninsula
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  • In Denial? U.S. Acceptance of Mutual Vulnerability with China
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  • The Responsibility to Clean Up? Managing the Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Development
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  • The Ivory Tower and the Missile Silo
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  • Giving Away too Much? Arsenal Survivability and On-Site Inspections
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  • Addressing the Lack of Diversity & Inclusion in the Nuclear Field
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  • On the Nuclear Brink: Escalation Management in the Taiwan Strait
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2021 THÉRÈSE DELPECH MEMORIAL AWARD
Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2021 Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award are now open. The award will be presented at the 2021 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.
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Our next in-person conference will take place on October 27-28, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill.
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