When: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
: RSVP to bennettramberg@aol.com by June 15, 11am with your selection of $33 dinner/$38 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $10.

SEMINAR TOPIC: “ZERO NUCLEAR WEAPONS: GOOD IDEA? BAD IDEA? SO WHAT?” The abolition of nuclear weapons is hardly a new idea. On June 14, 1946 — less than a year after the first test of a nuclear device — Bernard Baruch presented to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission a complex, controversial and ultimately unacceptable (to the Soviet Union) U.S. plan to eliminate nuclear weapons. In 1958, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a group known for its slogan “Ban the Bomb,” was founded in the United Kingdom. The 1985 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an abolitionist organization: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shared the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, and in 2007, American statesmen George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn re-invigorated that aspiration. President Barak Obama, on behalf of the United States, has embraced the goal of eliminating all nuclear arsenals. What would be the implications of pursing a nuclear-weapons-free world? Is it a good idea, a bad idea, neither, or both?

THE SPEAKER: Albert Carnesale is UCLA Chancellor Emeritus and Professor and Professor of Public Policy and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research and teaching focus on public policy issues having substantial scientific and technological dimensions, and he is the author or co-author of six books and more than 100 articles on a wide range of subjects, including, national security,arms control nuclear nonproliferation, the effects of technological change on foreign and defense policy, and international energy issues. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission and America’s Nuclear Future, and chairs two committees of the National Academy of Sciences: The Committee on Nuclear Forensics and the Committee on America’s Climate Choices. In addition, he serves on the Mission Committees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory; the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Terrorism, Proliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction; and the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Carnesale is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA, Michael Intriligator (Professor of Economics, Political Science and Public Policy, UCLA and former Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations; Senior Fellow Milken Institute), and Bennett Ramberg (Seminar Director, is a former State Department policy analyst) and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

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