2018: Nuclear Weapons, International Security, and Disarmament

Arguably, there is currently no greater threat to humanity than a nuclear war.  Recently, prominent world leaders’ rhetoric has dramatically escalated and further opened the stage to a nuclear crisis.  Tension continues to build and the crisis becomes more urgent each day.  The notions of disarmament and nonproliferation have also become more significant as countries attempt to reduce nuclear weapons at a global scale, in hopes to deter mass destruction.

It is with this in mind that the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs invites you to its 2018 Symposium: “Nuclear Weapons, International Security, and Disarmament.”


The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education has approved this program for 6.0 hours substantive law, practice, and procedure credit and 0.0 hours of ethics, substance abuse, and professionalism credit.  CLE Credits are free of charge for this event.

If you missed this event, the recording for this Symposium can be viewed here.



Friday, April 6, 2018 – 8:30am to 4:00pm


Sutliff Auditorium (118), Lewis Katz Building



8:30 a.m.                          Breakfast, Registration and CLE Check-in

9:00 a.m.                          Welcome and Introduction (Catherine Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief and Carlos Camandang, Managing Editor of Communications)

9:05 a.m.                           Opening Remarks (Hari M. Osofsky, Dean of Penn State Law and Penn State School of International Affairs)

9:15 a.m.                            “A Nuclear Bird in Hand: The Critical Importance of Preserving the Iran Deal and Creating Next Generation” — Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

10:15 a.m.                          “Fatal Error: Misplaying a Winning Hand on Sanctions and Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula” — Ambassador Joseph De Thomas

11:15 a.m.                           “Russia and the U.S.: A New Nuclear Arms Race?” — Thomas Countryman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arms Control Association

12:15 a.m.                           Lunch

1:00 p.m.                            “Multilateral Nuclear Diplomacy During the Trump Administration” — Ambassador Laura Kennedy

2:00 p.m.                           “Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Use” — Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, Ret.

3:00 p.m.                           Panel Discussion (Moderated by: Russell L. Shaffer, Assistant Dean for Operations and Planning; Former Navy JAG Corps Captain)

4:00 p.m.                           Closing Remarks


Registration to this event is closed.


Speaker Bios


Any questions relating to this event should be directed to Carlos Camandang at cmc47@psu.edu.