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Symposium marks anniversary of Nunn-Lugar Act

November 4, 2011

Indiana University will mark the 20th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program with a symposium Nov. 11 on its Bloomington campus.

"Loose Nukes: Lessons from 20 Years of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program" is sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs with the International Public Affairs Association, a student group. It will feature a discussion with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., co-author of the program to secure and deactivate weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union.

Lugar, and then-Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., authored the Nunn-Lugar Act establishing the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program in November 1991, at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The program has provided U.S. funding and expertise to help safeguard and dismantle stockpiles of Soviet nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials and delivery systems.

The Nunn-Lugar program also has worked to re-employ scientists and facilities related to weapons of mass destruction in peaceful research initiatives.

The event will be 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 167 of the SPEA Building, 1315 E. 10th St. Other panelists are Kenneth A. Myers III, director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which oversees U.S. efforts to restrict weapons of mass destruction; Sumit Ganguly, an IU faculty member in political science, India studies and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and director of research for the Center on American and Global Security at IU; and Dina Spechler, an IU faculty member in political science and an expert on U.S.-Russian relations.

John Karaagac, a visiting assistant professor in SPEA, will moderate the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

The event will examine the program’s successes and discuss how to meet new and evolving threats to America’s safety and security.  

 

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