Harvard Club Of Central Florida Distinguished Speaker Series Professor Tom Nichols

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Harvard Club Of Central Florida Distinguished Speaker Series Professor Tom Nichols says
Are there better options for our country – for every country - than nuclear-backed policies with roots in the Cold War?

Speaker: Professor Tom Nichols. Adjunct Professor, Harvard Extension School; Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College and Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

For more than forty years, the United States has maintained a public commitment to nuclear disarmament, and every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama has gradually reduced the size of America's nuclear forces. Yet even now, over two decades after the end of the Cold War, the United States maintains a huge nuclear arsenal on high alert and ready for war. The Americans, like the Russians, the Chinese, and other major nuclear powers, continue to retain a deep faith in the political and military value of nuclear force, and this belief remains enshrined at the center of U.S. defense policy regardless of the radical changes that have taken place in international politics.

Prof. Nichols argues that it is long past time to reexamine the role of nuclear weapons and their prominence in U.S. security strategy. Nichols explains why strategies built for the Cold War have survived into the twenty-first century, and he illustrates how America's nearly unshakable belief in the utility of nuclear arms has hindered U.S. and international attempts to slow the nuclear programs of volatile regimes in North Korea and Iran. He argues that to end the danger of worldwide nuclear holocaust, the United States must take the lead in abandoning unrealistic threats of nuclear force and then create a new and more stable approach to deterrence for the twenty-first century

Prof. Nichols is a past recipient of the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard Extension School. He was also a fellow in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also has past or present affiliations with Boston University, Columbia, Dartmouth, Georgetown and Penn … and is a five time champion on Jeopardy!

Join us Monday night, March 7th at Dubsdread, located at 549 W Par St Orlando, for drinks (cash bar) at 6 PM then buffet dinner at 6:30 PM with Prof. Nichols’ remarks beginning by 7 PM.


Tickets are $40 for HCCF Members and $45 for General Admission. Price jumps to $50 after February 28, so get your tickets early.

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