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Deterrence: Its Past and Future

November 12, 2010

Hoover Institution, NTI

Former Secretaries George Shultz, William Perry and Henry Kissinger joined former Senator Sam Nunn at a conference focused on deterrence, held on November 11-12, 2010. 

In his keynote remarks, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called deterrence a “critical subject.”  His remarks are available by video or transcript.

 “Remarkable progress has been made,” said Nunn, in his remarks at the conference luncheon on Friday, November 12. Among those successes, he pointed out that many nations have given up nuclear weapons, that there are reduced numbers of nuclear weapons, that new programs are in place to monitor nuclear armament, and that a new arms treaty has been signed by the U.S. and Russian presidents.

Other speakers and their topics at the conference included

  • Patrick Morgan, University of California, Irvine, and George Quester, University of Maryland, “How History and the Geopolitical Context Shape Deterrence”
  • Edward Ifft, Georgetown University and Hoover Institution, “Practical Considerations Related to Verification and Compliance”
  • David Holloway, Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Harald Mueller, Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany (who joined the conference by videoconference from Stanford in Berlin), “International Systems of Governance and Their Potential to Affect the Nature of Deterrence”
  • James Goodby, Hoover Institution, and Michael Mazarr, National War College, “Redefining the Role of Deterrence”
  • Christopher Ford, Hudson Institute, “Extending Time for Decision Making”
  • James Acton, Carnegie Endowment, Edward Ifft, Georgetown University and Hoover Institution, and John McLaughlin, Johns Hopkins University, “The Interaction between Arms Control and the Theory and Practice of Deterrence”
  • Sidney Drell, Hoover Institution, and Raymond Jeanloz, University of California, Berkeley, “Nuclear Deterrence in a World without Nuclear Weapons”
  • Steve Andreasen, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Michael Gerson, Center for Naval Analyses, “Deterrence through the Eyes of Other Nations”