July 28, 2013

Festival of Faiths - Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Civilization

Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. is one of the world's leading experts in nuclear non-proliferation. He is a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every single international arms control and non-proliferation agreement from 1970 to 1997. This includes the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT Treaties), the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties (START Treaties), the Anti-ballistic missile (ABM) Treaty, Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) Treaty, Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT), Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). In 1993, Ambassador Graham served as Acting Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) from January to November, 1993 and Acting Deputy Director from November, 1993 to July, 1994. From 1994 through 1997, he was president Bill Clinton's special representative for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament. Graham successfully led the U.S. government efforts to achieve the permanent extension of the NPT in 1995. Graham also served for 15 years as the general counsel of ACDA.
Reviews of "Unending Crisis" (Source: Amazon.com)
In Unending Crisis, Thomas Graham Jr. examines the second Bush administration's misguided management of foreign policy, the legacy of which has been seven major--and almost irresolvable--national security crises involving North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict in Palestine, and nuclear proliferation. Unending Crisis considers these issues individually and together, emphasizing their interrelationship and delineating the role that the neoconservative agenda played in redefining the way America is perceived in the world today.

"A concise, well-written, and thoroughly documented account of how our country lost its moorings over the last decade, Unending Crisis is a must read for all concerned about the role of the United States in a changing world." -Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert Gard, former president of the National Defense University.

"A book of solid good sense and keen vision from one of our most experienced, dedicated diplomats." -Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb and The Twilight of the Bombs.

"Ambassador Graham has written an authoritative and detailed account of the tortuous international negotiations over nuclear policy and how opportunities were squandered." -General Lord Charles Guthrie, former chief of the UK Defense Staff.

"Political leaders and all those seeking to understand the complex history of nuclear diplomacy and attempts to limit the proliferation of weapons should read this book." -Sir Ronald Grierson, chairman, Blackstone International Advisory Board.
Video Title - Festival of Faiths - Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Civilization. Source: Festival of Faiths. Date Published: May 13, 2013. Description:
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., (Ret.) one of the world's leading experts in nuclear non-proliferation, discusses the current state of nuclear armament throughout the world, the dangers this poses and what can be done to promote anti-proliferation. Professor Michael Fowler, J.D., from the University of Louisville's Department of Political Science, provides a response to Ambassador Graham's remarks.
Read "Nonproliferation Misinterpretation" by Yousaf Butt (The National Interest, July 26, 2013).