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Fall Forum 2020 Night One: Rethinking Nuclear Policy and Presidential Power

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

World Affairs Council is hosting a Fall Forum on Rethinking Nuclear Policy and Presidential Power with former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Tom Collina.

When: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 from 6 – 8PM

Where: Live online, link sent after ticket purchase

Ticket Information:

  • A One Night Ticket may be purchased at full price to one of either Night One (Nov. 10th) or Night Two (Dec. 2nd), using the desired night’s event page.
  • Purchasing a Two Night Ticket to view both events is discounted, and this option only needs to be purchased once from either Forum event page. (We will be sure to register you for the other event)
  • Tickets apply per computer login, not per person.
  • Our Standard Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast.
  • Our Patron Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast, and an intimate Q&A session with the speakers after the event.

About Secretary Perry

William J. Perry served as the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Carter administration and then as Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. He oversaw the development of the strategic nuclear systems that are currently in our arsenal. His new offset strategy ushered in the age of stealth, smart weapons, GPS, and technologies that changed the face of modern warfare.

In 2007, Dr. Perry collaborated with George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger to publish several ground-breaking editorials in the Wall Street Journal that linked the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons with urgent but practical steps that could be taken to reduce nuclear dangers. Perry’s 2015 memoir, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is a personal account of his lifelong effort to reduce nuclear dangers. He founded the William J. Perry Project to educate the public on these dangers.

In 2020, Perry co-authored THE BUTTON: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump. He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University.

Perry is the father of five, grandfather of eight, and great-grandfather of four. He continues to travel the world in pursuit of his goal of reducing the threat from nuclear weapons.

About Tom Collina

Tom Z. Collina is Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund. He is the co-author with William J. Perry of THE BUTTON: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump, published in June 2020.

Collina has thirty years of Washington, DC, experience in nuclear weapons, missile defense, and nonproliferation issues, and has held senior positions at the Arms Control Association, the Institute for Science and International Security, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has been directly involved with efforts to end U.S. nuclear testing, limit ineffective anti-missile programs, extend the Nonproliferation Treaty, and secure Senate ratification of the New START Treaty. He has published widely in major magazines and journals and has appeared frequently in the national media, including the New York Times, CNN, and NPR. He has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and regularly briefs congressional staff.

Collina has a degree in International Relations from Cornell University and lives in Takoma Park, MD with his wife, three children and dog. When away from the office he does not think about nuclear war.


November 10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


World Affairs Council


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