The 2009 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference, that took place at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., on April 6-7, attracted over 800 government officials, important members of the Obama Administration, former prime minister, current and former foreign ministers, ambassadors, policy and technical experts, academics, and journalists from around the world.

This year's conference, "The Nuclear Order – Build or Break," addressed the critical challenges confronting the nonproliferation regime and offered policy recommendations to stop the spread and use of nuclear weapons and materials. This was Carnegie’s largest and most international conference yet. Carnegie Trustee Aso Tavitian attended the conference for the full two days. Featured keynote speakers included: Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of AREVA, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stшre, and Carnegie Moscow Center's Alexei Arbatov . There was also a panel discussion with Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey I. Kislyak.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

 • A keynote from Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg who broke the news during his speech that Vice President Biden would be leading the effort to move forward on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

 • A Presidential Statement from President Obama congratulating the conference attendees and a dramatic rendition of the President's April 5 speech in Prague

 • Representation from key voices from non-nuclear weapon states, such as the current Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store, and from the nuclear industry through keynote speaker Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva

Agenda, audiofiles, press coverage and other related materials are available here.