Oslo Nuclear Project Presents: Is nuclear arms control dead?

This launch seminar examines current challenges and future prospects for nuclear arms control in Europe and beyond.

Oslo Nuclear Project is a new research program, supported by the University of Oslo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the MacArthur Foundation, which will provide research and education on nuclear weapons and international security.

 Photo: Jose Lopez [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

The seminar features a panel discussion with experienced practitioners and scholars – Ambassador Rolf Ekeus, Dr. James Cameron, and Dr. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard – moderated by the head of the Oslo Nuclear Project, Dr. Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer. The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.

About the speakers

Dr. Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, and head of the Oslo Nuclear Project. She is the author of Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons (Cornell University Press, 2016). She is a former fellow (pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty fellow) at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University. Her work has been published in International Security, The Nonproliferation Review, The Middle East Journal, Huffington Post, International Herald Tribune and New York Times (online edition).

Dr. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard is a MacArthur Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC, Stanford. Dr. Bruusgaard has previously been a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), a senior security policy analyst in the Norwegian Armed Forces, a junior researcher at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), and an intern at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, D.C., and at NATO HQ. Her work has been published in Security Dialogue, U.S. Army War College Quarterly Parameters, Survival, War on the Rocks, Texas National Security Review and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Dr. James Cameron is a research Associate at Kings College, London, and the author of The Double Game. The Demise of America's First Missile Defense System and the Rise of Strategic Arms Limitation.(Oxford University Press, 2017). His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the history of U.S. missile defense policy before the 1972 ABM Treaty, at the University of Cambridge. He is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford University. His primary interest is the history of U.S. relations with the Soviet Union and Russian Federation. He received his B.A. in History from Cambridge and an M.Phil. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford. He was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University during the academic year 2010-11. 

Ambassador Rolf Ekéus was the Swedish Ambassador to the United States (1997-2000), and served as executive chairman of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (1991-1997). He served as ambassador and head of the Swedish delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and as permanent representative of Sweden to the Conference on Disarmament (1983 to 1989) and as chairman of the international negotiations on the Chemical Weapons Convention. He is a member of the board of the International Commission on Missing Persons. He also serves as chairman of the Swedish Pugwash Network. He was a member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Canberra Commission on Nuclear Weapons and the Tokyo Forum on Disarmament.


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Published Jan. 21, 2019 11:27 AM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2020 9:43 AM