Online Colloquium: “The Risk of Nuclear War and How Physicists, Acting as Citizen-Scientists, Can Help Reduce It” — March 18, 2021 at 4 PM
Dr. Frank N. von Hippel
Senior Research Physicist
Professor of Public and International Affairs emeritus
Program on Science and Global Security
Princeton, New Jersey
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 4 PM EST
Via Video Conference (contact email@example.com for link information)
All interested persons are cordially invited to join the Zoom call.
The end of the Cold War reduced fears in the US and Russia that the other might deliberately mount a nuclear attack. The two countries still maintain their hair-trigger Cold War postures, however – ready to launch their nuclear missiles within minutes of warning of an incoming attack. Also, a nuclear confrontation much like the Cold War US-Soviet confrontation over West Berlin is developing with China over Taiwan,. Finally, destabilizing defense-offense nuclear arms races are developing between the US and both China and Russia. Given this situation, the American Physical Society is sponsoring a Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction to propose nuclear-weapon risk-mitigation measures to the US Congress and public.
Following the Q&A portion, Professor von Hippel will lead a discussion for anyone interested in learning more about the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction and getting involved in policy advocacy. The Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction is a new American Physical Society-sponsored initiative aiming to educate, re-engage, and mobilize the physical science community around nuclear weapons policy. More information may be found at http://physicistscoalition.org/.
Frank N. von Hippel’s policy research focuses on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear power and energy issues, improving automobile fuel economy, and checks and balances in policymaking for technology.
Frank von Hippel co-chairs the International Panel on Fissile Materials
“Nuclear weapons dangers and policy options,” by Steve Fetter, Richard L. Garwin, and Frank von Hippel, https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/pdf/10.1063/PT.3.3896.
Science and Global Security (https://sgs.princeton.edu/team/frank-von-hippel)