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    Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Dialogue with Students

    The U.N. Security Council 1540 Committee and the U.N. Office of Disarmament Affairs collaborated with the Stimson Center to create an international essay competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The winners will be announced, and some will be presenting their ideas at this event. The goals of the competition were to involve the younger generation in understanding and addressing the important issue of proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), i.e., chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and to solicit innovative student approaches to implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) to support the Council’s Comprehensive Review of the resolution this year.

    WHAT: On the record discussion of the proliferation of weapons of mass destructions and honoring the winners of the U.N. International Student Essay Competition on non-proliferation, with award prizes from The Washington Foreign Law Society.

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    WHERE: 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Harvard University, Taubman Building, Nye Rooms A & B. For directions to the event venue, click here.

    WHENSeptember 30, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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    Luncheon Speaker and Announcement of Contest Winners:

    Amb. Román Oyarzun Marchesi, Chair of U.N. Security Council 1540 Committee (on Non-proliferation) and Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations Security Council

    With an introduction by: Gary Samore, Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

    Panel Discussion: Preventing WMD Proliferation – Challenges and Potential Solutions:

    Moderator – Professor Matthew Bunn, Harvard University


    – Dana Perkins, Senior Science Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, former 1540 Expert

    – Will Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

    – Jim Walsh, Research Associate, Security Studies Program in Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    Panel Discussion and Dialogue with Students:

    Moderator:  Ambassador Jouni Laaksonen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland
    – Craig Finkelstein, Coordinator for the Working Group of the 1540 Committee on Transparency and Outreach
    – Franz Kolar, Officer-in-Charge, U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs Support to the 1540 Committee [TBC]
    – Michael Rosenthal, 1540 Group of Experts

    Presentation of Dual-Use Materials: Argonne National Laboratory