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Reykjavik Revisited: Steps toward a nuclear free world

October 24, 2007


Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State  Henry A. Kissinger, former Senator Sam Nunn, former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, former Ambassador Max M. Kampelman, Hoover Senior Fellow Sidney D. Drell at the "Reykjavik Revisited" conference in October 2007.
(from left to right) Former Secretary of State
George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger, former Senator Sam Nunn, former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, former Ambassador Max M. Kampelman, Hoover Senior Fellow Sidney D. Drell at the "Reykjavik Revisited" conference in October 2007.

The Hoover Institution and NTI sponsored a "Reykjavik Revisited" conference in October 2007 to examine the practical steps required to address the nuclear threat and to move toward the goal established by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at their historic 1986 meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland: the elimination of nuclear weapons. The distinguished contributors include former officials of the past six U.S. administrations and senior scholars and scientific experts on nuclear issues.

Conference participants explored a range of critical topics, including how to secure nuclear stockpiles and stage reductions toward the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide; confront the challenges of verification and compliance; prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the spread of nuclear enrichment and reprocessing; and terminate reliance on the prompt launch of nuclear-armed missiles and on mutual-assured-destruction strategies. In addition, they explored key issues such as the need for diplomatic efforts where there are regional animosities, and the importance of creating a coalition of nations that will work toward transforming the vision of a world without nuclear weapons into a reality.

  • A Summary Report of the Conference, edited by George P. Shultz, Sidney D. Drell, and James E. Goodby.
    Contributors include: Steven Andreasen, Bruce G. Blair, Matthew Bunn, Sidney D. Drell, Robert Einhorn, James E. Goodby, Rose Gottemoeller, David Holloway, Edward Ifft, Raymond Jeanloz, Raymond Juzaitis, Max M. Kampelman, Henry A. Kissinger, Jack F. Matlock Jr., John E. McLaughlin, Sam Nunn, William J. Perry, Henry S. Rowen, George P. Shultz, James Timbie.
    • Full-text PDF versions of each chapter can be accessed here.
  • Former First Lady Nancy Reagan sent a letter in support of the conference’s goal, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger prepared an address to be delivered to the conference participants and others.
  • Watch videos of the 2007 "Reykjavik Revisited" conference