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April 25: “NUCLEAR WEAPONS: IRAQ, IRAN AND BEYOND” with Valerie Plame & Joe Cirincione

April 8, 2016

Nuclear Reactor in Arak, Iran
Nuclear Reactor in Arak, Iran

Are we safer from nuclear threats today or are we at greater risk than ever before? How will future U.S. administrations handle the challenges of nuclear proliferation and the complexity of the Middle East? What about ISIS?

Join us for a special panel discussion with Valerie Plame and Joe Cirincione: 

WhenMonday, April 25, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Where:  Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 214 University of Washington

This event is free and open to the public.


About the Speakers

Wilson2014-56finalweb.jpgValerie Plame is a former career covert CIA operations officer who worked to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, in particular nuclear weapons. She is the author of New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, and a fictional spy thriller series Blowback and Burned.

Valerie narrated and appeared in the acclaimed documentary Countdown to Zero and is an active member of Global Zero and board member of Poughshares Fund. She is a renowned public speaker on nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence, and the NSA revelations.

Her writing has appeared in NewsweekCNN, the Daily BeastHuffington Post and the Guardian. Valerie has a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and graduate degrees from London School of Economics and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium

Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too LateBomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats.

He is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored hundres of articles on nuclear weapons issues, is a frequent commentator in the media, and has appeared in the films Countdown to Zero and Why We Fightj-cirincione.jpg

Joe previously worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives, served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, and was Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He also teaches at Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.

This event is sponsored by Ploughshares Fund, the Jackson School of International Studies and Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington.

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