Nuclear Weapons: New Realities

May 18

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Montana World Affairs Council: Distinguished Speaker Program

Guest: Tom Countryman, Board Chair of the Arms Control Association and former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

in conversation with exhibiting artist Kristi Hager

Russian President Putin’s February 2023 announcement that Russia would ‘suspend’ implementation of the New START Treaty is the latest blow to an arms control infrastructure that had done so much to reduce the risk of nuclear conflict. Coming atop Chinese and North Korean nuclear build-ups, and Iran’s continued work to achieve nuclear weapons latency, the risk of nuclear conflict is higher than it has been in the last 60 years. The risk is not measurable, and it perhaps is not high, but it is definitely not zero. How should the United States reassert its leadership of a quest for a world free of this nuclear threat?

FREE! Doors at 5 PM. No-host bar.