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"ACA's journal, Arms Control Today, remains the best in the market. Well focused. Solidly researched. Prudent."

– Hans Blix
Former IAEA Director-General
Nuclear Challenges for the Biden Administration in the First 100 Days

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time
via Zoom

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Upon taking office Jan. 20, 2021, the new presidential administration will confront a dizzying array of major challenges, not the least of which are related to the risks posed by the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Tensions between the world’s nuclear-armed states are rising; the risk of nuclear use is growing; billions of dollars are being spent to replace and upgrade nuclear weapons; and key agreements that have kept nuclear competition in check are gone or are in serious jeopardy.

President Biden’s nuclear policy challenges have been severely complicated by the neglect and poor policy choices of President Trump and his administration.

On day one, the Biden team will need to address several consequential, nuclear policy-related hurdles that require smart, swift, and decisive action.

Senior policy analysts from the Arms Control Association will review the most consequential nuclear weapons policy challenges and the decisions that the new Biden administration will need to address in its first 100 days—and sooner — and outline their recommendations on the steps that would make the United States and the world safer from the threats posed by nuclear weapons.

The speakers will elaborate upon the recommendations in their forthcoming report, "Nuclear Challenges for the Biden Administration in the First 100 Days," including measures to adjust nuclear launch procedures, extend the New START agreement, return to the Iran nuclear deal, and more.

Speakers will include:

  • Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy
  • Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy
  • Daryl G. Kimball, executive director
  • Tom Countryman, fmr. acting undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and ACA’s board chair, moderating

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