A DISCUSSION ON JAPAN’S STATE OF
Robert Gallucci, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Kennette Benedict, Executive Director and Publisher,
the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Scott Sagan, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Codirector of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Senior Fellow at The Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University
Moderated by Katrin Katz, Independent Consultant, East Asian Security and Economic Issues
The world’s eyes are on Japan as it struggles to recover from the largest recorded earthquake in its history. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami have produced a formidable humanitarian crisis and severely compromised Japan’s civil nuclear infrastructure, straining the central government’s capacity to manage the country in the aftermath of disaster. Amidst ongoing recovery and containment efforts, a third nuclear reactor has exploded in as many days, shaking public confidence in the safety of nuclear installations at home
and abroad. Please join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Chicago Council on Science and Technology for a panel discussion addressing the crisis in Japan, focusing on questions of nuclear safety and containment, their effect on regional geopolitics, and the consequences for the future of U.S. nuclear development policy.
Kennette Benedict is the executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine established by Manhattan Project scientists in 1945 to inform the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons and other catastrophic threats to humanity. From 1992 to 2005, she directed the international peace and security program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She also established and directed the foundation's initiative in the former Soviet Union from 1992 to 2002. Before joining the foundation in 1987, she taught at Rutgers University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Benedict received her A.B. from Oberlin College and a Ph. D. in political science from Stanford University.
Robert Gallucci became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in July 2009, having previously served as dean of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Gallucci previously served in several government capacities, including with the U.S. Department of State as ambassador-at-large and as a special envoy to address the threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He has authored a number of publications, including Neither Peace Nor Honor: The Politics of American Military Policy in Vietnam and Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis with Joel S. Wit and Daniel Poneman. Gallucci earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
Scott Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, codirector of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a senior fellow at The Freeman Spogli Institute. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the department of government at Harvard University and served as a special assistant to the director of the organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. He has also served as a consultant to the office of the Secretary of Defense, the Sandia National Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves as a coleader of the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative
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