Video: PONI Live Debate: Global Zero
- Oct 22, 2013
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"Resolved: Global Zero would make the world more secure."
Ambassador Richard Burt, U.S. Chair of Global Zero and Managing Director at McLarty Associates
Dr. Clark Murdock, Senior Adviser to the Defense and National Security Group and Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues, Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) was pleased to invite you to a live debate over the goal of Global Zero.
In his 2009 Prague Speech, President Obama pledged “to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” Although admitting this goal may not be reached within his lifetime, the President sparked a heated public debate over the desirability and feasibility of eliminating all nuclear weapons. Proponents argued that nuclear weapons are outdated tools of the Cold War, presenting an unacceptable risk of accidental or miscalculated use. On the other hand, opponents argued that nuclear weapons are secure and have prevented major power conflict for almost 70 years. Ambassador Richard Burt, U.S. Chair of Global Zero and Managing Director at McLarty Associates and Dr. Clark Murdock, CSIS Senior Adviser and Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues, engaged each other and the audience on a debate over Global Zero.
PONI's ongoing live debate series, an extension of the PONI Debates the Issues blog, aimed to provide a forum for in-depth exploration of the arguments on both sides of key nuclear policy issues. The desirability of nuclear weapons was perhaps the most fundamental question facing the arsenal, but experts too often talked past each other. The next PONI Live Debate will attempt to provide a remedy.