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former Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration
March 7, 2018
2020 Arms Control Association Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors and staff invite you to join us online for our 2020 Annual Meeting. Our virtual, interactive global gathering of members, friends, colleagues, and policymakers this year will examine the challenges and approaches for steering arms control and disarmament efforts back on course in the coming decade. The online event will take place from 12:30pm to 3:30pm Eastern U.S. time on Tuesday, December 1.

The election of Joe Biden to the presidency creates the potential for significant progress in several key areas. Achieving meaningful and durable changes, however, will not be automatic and will not come easily. The next U.S. administration and other world leaders will need to move quickly to make decisions on a range of key issues.


Our 2020 Annual Meeting will bring together keynote speakers and expert panelists for virtual plenary sessions and simultaneous, interactive breakout sessions. Bios of all of our speakers and moderators are available here.

12:30 p.m.


Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director
Thomas Countryman, Chair of the Board

12:40 p.m.

Opening Keynote

"Restoring U.S. Leadership on Nuclear Weapons Risk Reduction"
Senator Jeff Merkley, (D-Oregon)

1:00 p.m.


"Diversifying and Strengthening the Disarmament Movement,"
with Amb. Bonnie Jenkins (WCAPS), Cecili Thompson Williams, (Beyond the Bomb) Vincent Intondi (Montgomery College), and Daryl Kimball (ACA), moderated by Lilly Adams (ACA Board member).

1:50 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • "The Future of the U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control Regime," with Rose Gottemoeller moderated by Shannon Bugos
  • "Repairing the Broken U.S. Policy on Iran," with Kelsey Davenport moderated by Mary Kaszynski, Ploughshares Fund
  • Strengthening the NPT and the 10th Review Conference: a conversation with Amb. Gustavo Zlauvinen," moderated by Amb. Laura Kennedy, member of Arms Control Association Board of Directors

2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Reevaluating U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization Plan” with Kingston Reif moderated by Aaron Mehta with Defense News
  • "After New START: Engaging Other Nuclear-Armed States in the Disarmament Enterprise" with Tom Countryman, ACA Board Chair, and Dr. Heather Williams with Kings College, moderated by Julia Masterson
  • The Impact of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” with Amb. Elaine Whyte Gómez, moderated by Zia Mian, Princeton University Program on Science and Global Security and member of the Arms Control Association Board of Directors

2:40 p.m.


Seven Ways You Can Be Part of the Solution
Kathy Crandall Robinson, Chief Operations Officer

2:50 p.m.

Closing Keynote

"Disarmament: Near-Term Priorities, Long-Term Challenges and Opportunities"
Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General, UN Office of Disarmament Affairs

3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-New York)

Thomas Countryman, Chair of the Board

Registration is free of charge, but we invite you to join the Arms Control Association as a member to support efforts on these critical issues.


Questions? Contact Tony Fleming, director of communications ([email protected]) or Rachel Paik ([email protected]).