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Public dialogue: Repairing the U.S.-NATO-Russia Relationship in a Nuclear World

September 26, 2018

Russian annexation of Crimea. Canadian troops in Latvia. Interference in the U.S. presidential election. Internal divisions within U.S.-NATO-Russia military encounters by the hundreds. Not since the Cold War have tensions between Russia and Western nations been so high. Could this lead to nuclear arms proliferation? If so, what steps are needed to de-escalate and create political space for dialogue?

Join one of the world’s leading authorities on nuclear security, Dr. Bruce G. Blair and a global community of thought leaders from Russia, the USA, and other NATO countries for a thought-provoking examination of this key international security flashpoint.

Dr. Bruce Blair is an expert on U.S. and Russian security policies, specializing in nuclear forces and command-control systems. He is Co-Founder of Global Zero, an international group of 300 world leaders dedicated to achieving the phased, verified elimination of nuclear weapons, and Co-Executive Producer of Countdown to Zero (2010), a documentary film detailing the continuing dangers of nuclear weapons.

Dr. Blair is currently a Research Scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. His research interests are in technical and policy steps toward the verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons. He served as a member of the US Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017.

Dr. Blair served in the U.S. Air Force as a Minuteman ICBM launch control officer and support officer for the Strategic Air Command’s Airborne Command Post from 1970-1974, was a project director at the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment from 1982-1985, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution from 1987-2000, and has taught security studies as a visiting professor at Yale and Princeton. He also founded and served as President of the World Security Institute (WSI), a nonprofit organization committed to independent research and journalism on global issues. In 1999, Dr. Blair was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship Prize for his work and leadership on de-alerting nuclear forces. He received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Yale University.

For more information and a complete biography, please visit Princeton's Program on Science and Global Security and Global Zero.

Shauna Sylvester, Professor of Professional Practice, SFU  

September 26, 2018

Time: 5:20-7:00 PM with a reception to follow

Location: SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings St.

This event is free but requires registration to attend. Space is limited, so please cancel your registration on Eventbrite or contact Grace Lee if you are unable to attend. RSVP here:

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance), and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike racks are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street). Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor. All floors within the building are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. The chairs within AP Hall have armrests, with the seat measuring 47cm (w) x 46cm (d).

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