On May 24, PSA and Hudson Institute co-hosted a panel on the NPT Review Conference. Joy Drucker, Executive Director of PSA, and Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute, chaired the panel. Speaking were Deepti Choubey, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Christopher Ford, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Technology and Global Security at Hudson Institute; and Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association. Choubey spoke first, emphasizing the importance of urging other countries to take more prominent roles in the conference. Choubey argued that the U.S.'s role as a leader in international non-proliferation activities has led to decreased actions and initiative on the part of other countries, and that the true success of the NPT Review Conference would be measured by the actions of those countries in the conclusion of the conference. Christopher Ford, a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, had a different perspective on the conference, stating that the conference would be a test of the Obama administration's activities so far on nuclear nonproliferation. Ford believed that the administration would probably not achieve a strong statement at the conference, and that the U.S. should re-evaluate its current nonproliferation strategy. The panel concluded with Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association. Kimball disagreed with Ford, arguing that the Obama administration had created a positive atmosphere for negotiations at the conference, and that the ultimate outcome of the conference would be determined in part by how actively national leaders pushed for a strong statement.
A full summary of the speakers' remarks is available here.
Audio and video footage of the event is available on Hudson's event page.