New START: Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on Nuclear Disarmament

Zoom Webinar
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., October 21, 2020

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New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), the last remaining nuclear weapons agreement between the United States and Russia, expires in February 2021 unless both sides agree to a five-year extension.

The treaty, ratified almost a decade ago, limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons to levels far below those of the Cold War.

With the deadline for renewal just months away, what are the current prospects for New START? How does its renewal fit into the wider ethical and policy debates on nuclear arms control and disarmament? And how can Catholic and Evangelical Protestant communities mobilize in support of the agreement?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring prominent Evangelical and Catholic leaders and scholars, who will explore these timely and important issues.

 This event is presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, in partnership with the following co-sponsors: The Catholic Peacebuilding Network, National Association of Evangelicals, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, Nuclear Threat Initiative, World Evangelical Alliance Global Task Force on Disarmament and Nuclear Weapons, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research, and The Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament.

Photo: “IMG_1935” by Devin Ford is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Maura Policelli

Executive Director, Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office; Associate Professor of the Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs

Sam Nunn

Former US Senator; Founder and Co-Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Walter Kim

President, National Association of Evangelicals

Lucas Koach

Director, Office of International Justice and Peace, US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Maryann Cusimano Love

Associate Professor of International Relations, The Catholic University of America

John Hartley

Director, World Evangelical Alliance Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons; Research Scholar, Yale University