Mike Gerson (the one from CNA, not the Bush speechwriter) and I are giving talks on the Nuclear Posture Review at the Carnegie Endowment today — he on declaratory posture; me on extended deterrence. James Acton is moderating.
It will be nice to take a break from attempting to moderate the comment trolls.
Here are the details. The talks are from 12:00-2:00 pm:
Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Posture
Michael Gerson, Jeffrey Lewis, James M. Acton
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 – Washington, DC
The United States is currently in the process of rethinking its nuclear posture. On the heels of President Obama’s speech in Prague, in which he endorsed the goal of abolishing nuclear weapons, the Nuclear Posture Review — a root and branch review of US weapons policy — is well underway. Against this background, Michael Gerson and Jeffrey Lewis will examine two fundamental aspects of US nuclear posture. Gerson will look at the purpose of American nuclear weapons and ask whether the US should use threaten to use nuclear weapons only in response to a nuclear attack. Lewis will look at the vexed issue of extended deterrence and examine how alliance relations can be better handled.