Nuclear war remains the top man-made threat to global stability and the dramatic diplomacy around North Korea’s nuclear program highlights the challenge of averting it. Cities are mobilizing to counter this threat, including Hiroshima—a city which has already borne the brunt of nuclear conflict.

On June 11, 2018, Carnegie hosted a discussion with the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui. Mayor Matsui described what the people of Hiroshima and other cities are doing to reduce risks of nuclear war. An expert discussion on diplomatic progress with North Korea and broader disarmament issues followed, with Mayor Matsui commenting from the perspective of a municipal government. 

Kazumi Matsui

Kazumi Matsui is mayor of the city of Hiroshima.

Jon Wolfsthal

Jon Wolfsthal is director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and a nonresident scholar with Carnegie's Nuclear Policy Program. He previously served as special assistant to then U.S. president Barack Obama as senior director for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Security Council.

James L. Schoff

James L. Schoff is a senior fellow in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.