Video: Panel Discussion: UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

At the July 7, 2017 United Nations Conference, 122 participants voted in favor of a treaty that prohibits nuclear weapons. No nuclear-weapon states, nor their allies, supported it. The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty expresses concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and calls for their complete elimination. At first glance, there is little common ground between those who want to ban nuclear weapons and those who want to keep them; these two positions seem so far apart that it would be impossible to overcome their differences. During this seminar, the panel will discuss the future of the ban of nuclear weapons and a possible compromise.

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  • Anita Friedt, Acting Assistant Secretary, Department of State
  • Heinz Gaertner, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS
  • Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association
  • Mallory Stewart, Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and Sandia National Labs


  • Michael Haltzel, Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS