Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ISS Seminar, Pretoria: Rethinking Nuclear Weapons: the Myth of Deterrence

Event Date: Wednesday 13th October - 2010

Organised by the Africa's Development and the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction Project, Arms Management Programme

Speaker: Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow, CNS, Monterey Institute

Ward Wilson is Director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In 2007, he published "The Winning Weapon? Rethinking Nuclear Weapons in Light of Hiroshima" which posed a radical challenge to established thinking about the importance and role of nuclear weapons. According to the distinguished physicist Freeman Dyson, the article "effectively demolishes the generally-accepted myth that the atomic bombings brought World War II to an end."

This seminar explores the need for a paradigm shift in the way we think about nuclear weapons in light of practical, pragmatic challenges to their usefulness. Africa, the only continent that has built, abandoned and prohibited nuclear weapons by law, has a natural leadership role in that process. South Africa, because it built and discarded nuclear weapons, has a special contribution to make.

(Parking in Brooklyn Mall and ABSA Court)

Please note that discussions occur under the ISS Rule, which means no attribution without specific permission.

Event Time: 10h30 (tea and coffee)
                     11h00 (seminar starts)
                     13h00 (light lunch)

Event Venue: ISS Conference Room
                       Block C, Brooklyn Court
                       361 Veale Street
                       New Muckleneuk, Pretoria

RSVP: Amelia Broodryk
           Phone: (012) 346 9500
           Fax: (012) 460 0998

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