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Securing Our Survival

October 11, 2007

The University of Pittsburgh’s Ridgway Center is hosting “Securing Our Survival,” a conference starting tomorrow that focuses on nuclear proliferation — and global climate change. You can watch the events on-line and ask questions of the speakers. The program begins Friday morning at 9 am ET and continues through the day and into Saturday.

Joseph Cirincione
talks at 9:30 am, Bill Hartung at 10:30, and Jon Wolfsthal at 1 pm.

If you wonder why the hosts are combining global warming and proliferation, consider that nuclear power is presented as an alternative to fossil fuels — but comes with the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation.

For some pre-conference press, listen here, watch this (continued here and here), or read this.

Note that Ridgway also started a new blog — Security Sweep. My friend Gordon Mitchell has a few new posts there now. He’s going to be live-blogging the conference and would be the one to contact with real-time questions.

Note: Please do not simply ask Gordon why he spent $73 (of a $260 budget; that’s nearly 30%) on Andy Marte, Ryan Shealy, J.D. Drew, Milton Bradley and Jeremy Sowers in our AL fantasy baseball auction earlier this year.

After all, those players helped produce a solid 9th place team.

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Rodger A. Payne is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. He serves on the University’s Sustainability Council and was a co-founder of the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice program. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters and coauthor, with Nayef Samhat, of Democratizing Global Politics: Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community (SUNY, 2004). He is currently working on two major projects, one exploring the role of narratives in international politics and the other examining the implications of America First foreign policy.