2016 Conference

The Department of State and George Washington University hosted the 2016 Timbie Forum from July 14-15, 2016.

The conference explored the potential for creative and cooperative solutions to the arms control and nonproliferation challenges facing the world with a focus on youth engagement.


2016 Agenda

The James Timbie Forum on Arms Control and Nonproliferation

U.S. Department of State

George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs,

July 14-15

Thursday, July 14

Department of State - George Marshall Auditorium

8:45am -- Welcome and Introduction

Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

9:00am -- Keynote Address

William Perry, 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense

9:15am -- WMD Policy on the Hill

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE, 1st Congressional District)
Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA, 6th Congressional District)
Moderator: Amy Woolf, Congressional Research Service

10:00am -- Perceptions of WMD in the Media

Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association
Smriti Keshari, Director of “the bomb”
Dan Zak, Washington Post
Moderator: Emma Belcher, MacArthur Foundation

11:00am -- Break

11:15am -- The Triad: Past, Present and Future

Kate Blakeley, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Elbridge Colby, Center for a New American Security
Alex Wellerstein, Stevens Institute of Technology

12:30pm -- Lunch

1:15pm -- The Next Big Threat: Pressing Dangers Facing the President in 2017

Nick Roth, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Ben Rusek, National Academy of Sciences
Tristan Volpe, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Jaisha Wray, Department of State
Moderator: Kelsey Hartigan, Department of Defense

2:15pm -- North Korea: Enigmatic and Heavily Armed

Jim Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moderator: Shaun Kim, Department of State

3:00pm -- Break

3:15pm -- Debating a Nuclear Weapons Ban

Ray Acheson, Reaching Critical Will
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Hudson Institute
Adam Mount, Center for American Progress
Moderator: James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

4:30pm -- Keynote Address: General Philip M. Breedlove USAF (ret.)

5:00pm -- Closing Remarks

Friday, July 15

George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs - Henry Harding Auditorium

Morning sessions hosted by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

9:30am -- Communicating National Security
David Sanger, New York Times

10:30am -- The expert-journalist interface: How your research can reach a wide general audience

John Mecklin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner
Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies

11:45am -- Lunch and Career Fair

12:45pm -- Welcome and Introduction

1:00pm -- Unanswered Questions of the Nuclear Age
Francis Gavin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden
Moderator: Elizabeth Saunders, George Washington University

1:45pm -- Break

2:00pm -- Deterrence and Arms Control

Research Presentations:

Rupal Mehta, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Heather Williams, King’s College London

Policy Commentators:

Major Miriam Krieger, United States Air Force
Vincent Manzo, Department of Defense
Moderator: Justin Anderson, National Defense University

3:00pm -- Reevaluating U.S. Nonproliferation Policy

Research Presentations:
Togzhan Kassenova, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nicholas Miller, Brown University

Policy Commentators:

Peter Crail, Department of State
Lauren Lafaro, National Nuclear Security Administration
Moderator: Neil Narang, University of California, Santa Barbara

4:00pm -- Break

4:15pm -- NATO/Russia Nuclear Dynamics

Research Presentations:

Michael Kofman, Wilson Center
Anya Loukianova, University of Maryland

Policy Commentators

Jessica Cox, National Security Council
Andrew Riedy, Department of State
Moderator: Jane Vaynman, George Washington University

5:15pm -- Closing Remarks

Jon Wolfsthal, National Security Council Senior Director for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

5:35 pm -- Reception

This event is open to the public. The events on July 14 were on the record; the events on July 15 took place on a not-for-attribution basis.

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