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January 28, 2013

Remembering Max Kampelman


 "… You can be an idealist and a realist at the same time. What is missing today from American foreign policy is a willingness to hold these two thoughts simultaneously, to find a way to move from what ‘is’ — a world with a risk of increasing global disaster — to what ‘ought’ to be, a peaceful, civilized world free of weapons of mass destruction."

-- Max Kampelman, "Bombs Away," The New York Times, April 24, 2006

The Nuclear Security Project mourns the loss of a great man, Ambassador Max Kampelman.  Max's career in public service spanned many decades dating back to World War II.  He worked tirelessly for Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan to advance global human rights and nuclear arms control.

Since 2005, he was a leading advocate for a world free of nuclear weapons, working closely with our NSP principals George Shultz, Bill Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn.  Max's pathbreaking 2006 New York Times op-ed making the case for the "vision" of a world free of nuclear weapons was highlighted as a turning point in the nuclear policy debate by George Shultz in Nuclear Tipping Point.

Read obituaries from The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.