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Hiroshima Survivor
June 6, 2016
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George Bunn, former NPT negotiator, arms control advocate

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George Bunn, one of the world’s most important and influential advocates for a world without nuclear weapons passed away on Sunday April 21 at the age of 87.

Ambassador Bunn was one of the chief architects of the global nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament system. Beginning in the early days of nuclear arms control in the 1960s, he helped draft the legislation that created the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and became the agency’s first general counsel. Bunn helped to negotiate the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the cornerstone of global effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to eventually eliminate them.

He later became the U.S. ambassador to the Geneva Disarmament Conference, and taught at the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and was a professor at Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control. He served on the Board of Directors of the Arms Control Association in its early days and was a life-long friend and mentor for many members of the staff and Board of Directors of the organization.

A tribute to George Bunn will appear in the June issue of Arms Control Today. A memorial service will be held this summer in Palo Alto, California.

Bunn is survived by his daughter Jessie, his sons Matthew and Peter, and his grandchildren Claire and Nina. The family is asking that memorial contributions be made to the Arms Control Association.

Contributions in his honor can be made online here.

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OP-ED: Iran's Nuclear Program: The Risk of the 'Known Unknown'

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An op-ed article by Peter Crail for the World Politics Review.

In response to a question about suspected Iraqi weapons of mass destruction seven years ago, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously said,"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know."

As tortuous as his formulation was, the notions he raised may be of some use putting recent developments regarding Iran's uranium enrichment program in proper perspective...

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OP-ED: Reset Nuclear Arms Negotiations Now

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Daryl Kimball discusses the state of U.S. Russian relations and arms control agreements in an Op-Ed in St. Petersburg Times published February 13 2009.

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ACA Joins in Calling for Obama to Review Cluster Munitions and Landmine Policy

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Letter to the Obama Administration from 67 national organizations, requesting a review of U.S. policy on landmines and cluster bombs.

http://www.fcnl.org/weapons/pdfs/Obama_sign-on_letter_FINAL.pdf

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Letter to the Obama Administration from 67 national organizations, requesting a review of U.S. policy on landmines and cluster bombs.

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Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and U.S. Security

Change Nuclear Weapons Policy? Yes, We Can.

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Arms Control Association Executive Director Daryl Kimball writes in Foreign Policy in Focus:

For nearly 40 years, American presidents have expressed their intention to fulfill the U.S. obligation under the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue "effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament." Still, few presidents have taken that goal seriously, and those who did missed historic opportunities to move closer toward a nuclear weapons-free world.

Under the presidential administration of Barack Obama, U.S. nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation diplomacy can and must change, or else the global effort to reduce the risk of nuclear war, curb proliferation, and prevent catastrophic terrorism will falter.

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For nearly 40 years, American presidents have expressed their intention to fulfill the U.S. obligation under the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue "effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament." Still, few presidents have taken that goal seriously, and those who did missed historic opportunities to move closer toward a nuclear weapons-free world. (Continue)

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Campaigns Face Off on Nukes: Analysis on "Peace Talks" Blog

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Daryl Kimball writes about a debate at the ACA's 2008 Annual Meeting on the Plougshares Fund's blog. The debate was between advisors from the McCain and Obama campaigns on nonproliferation and arms control issues.

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