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Overcoming Nuclear Dangers

April 17, 2009


(from left to right) former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz; former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Source: AP.

On Friday, April 16-17 in Rome, Italy, more than 75 leaders from around the globe gathered together to engage in a substantive dialogue on the steps that will need to be taken to reduce nuclear dangers and to move to a world free of nuclear weapons. The two-day conference is one of the key global events springing from the op-eds written by George Shultz, Sam Nunn, Henry Kissinger and Bill Perry endorsing the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and the steps that can move us in that direction. In this year of Italy's Presidency of the G-8, the conference was co-sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the Nuclear Security Project (which is managed by the Nuclear Threat Initiative in cooperation with Stanford University's Hoover Institution), and the World Political Forum. The conference leaders - Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev — released a statement at the conclusion of the conference.

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