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Former world leaders to discuss future of nuclear deterrence

STANFORD -- Former national leaders of West Germany, Australia and the Soviet Union will join former Secretary of State George Shultz in a discussion of "The Future of Nuclear Deterrence" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Kresge Auditorium.

The roundtable discussion also will include James Goodby, who was President Clinton's special representative for nuclear security negotiations until the end of July. Goodby is the 1996-97 Payne Visiting Professor at the Stanford Institute for International Studies.

Other scheduled participants on the panel will include :

  • Helmut Schmidt, former chancellor of West Germany;
  • Bob Hawke, former prime minister of Australia;
  • Alexander Bessmerthnykh, former foreign minister of the U.S.S.R.; and
  • Rozanne Ridgway, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs.

Panelists are expected to address such issues as the deployment of defenses against ballistic missiles launched by rogue nations, threats from terrorists who might smuggle fissile materials, and how nuclear deterrence affects the broader relationship between the United States and Russia.

The event is sponsored by the Institute for International Studies and is part of a meeting of the institute's advisory board, whose members come from 21 countries representing North America, Mexico and Central America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia. Shultz, a professor emeritus of the Business School and a Hoover fellow, chairs the board.

The institute engages in contemporary policy research on international problems. It brings university faculty from a variety of disciplines together with long- and short-term visitors from other academic, government and corporate institutions.



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