Free Forum: Whatever Happened to Nuclear Disarmament?

70 Years After Hiroshima
Whatever Happened to Nuclear Disarmament?


A conversation with
Nuclear Disarmament Activist
Exec. Dir., Western States Legal Foundation

Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 pm
Community Media Center
900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
Free and open to all. Wheelchair accessible.
Co-sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Peninsula Branch

“Barack Obama and Joe Biden will seek deep, verifiable reductions in all U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons and work with other nuclear powers to reduce global stockpiles dramatically by the end of an Obama presidency.” – Source: Obama-Biden Campaign: Confronting 21st Century Threats

While the recent nuclear deal with Iran represents the most significant nuclear non-proliferation agreement in a generation, the rest of the global nuclear arms picture doesn’t look as positive.

Nine countries in the world possess a total of 15,695 nuclear weapons. The United States and Russia account for 93 percent of them. Since their peak in the mid-1980’s, global arsenals have shrunk by over two-thirds. More countries have given up weapons and programs in the past 30 years than have tried to acquire them. The direction is positive, but when you are fleeing a forest fire it is not just direction but speed that matters.

Jackie Cabasso is an internationally recognized leader in the global nuclear disarmament movement. She will report on the recent Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations, which she attended. She will also discuss the state of the disarmament movement, including the impact of the recent Iran deal.