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March 11, 2019 to March 12, 2019 • Washington, DC

Over 800 experts and officials from more than forty-five countries and international organizations came together to debate—and explore solutions for—the most pressing challenges in nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, disarmament, deterrence, energy, and security.

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Keynote Speakers


Stephen Biegun

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea

Discussion moderated by Helene Cooper

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Adam Smith

Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee

Discussion moderated by Jen Psaki

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Andrea Thompson

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

Discussion moderated by Mark Fitzpatrick

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Side Sessions

20 Years after Kargil: The Future of Strategic (In)Stability in Southern Asia

In 1999, India and Pakistan faced an inter-state crisis in the disputed Kargil region and potentially readied nuclear arsenals, but managed to deescalate without nuclear use. MORE >

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More Eyes on More Data: Public Technical Means for Monitoring Nuclear Nonproliferation Agreements

The increasing availability of geospatial and other open-source information is expanding the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) MORE >

When More Really is Better: Three (Role) Models in Search of Diversity

What are effective strategies to address the current lack of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the nuclear policy field? MORE >
  • Bonnie JenkinsWomen of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation
  • Mareena Robinson SnowdenCarnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Renee SondermanDirector of the Office of WMD Terrorism at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
  • Lovely UmayamStimson’s Managing Across Boundaries initiative

Nobody Saves the World Alone: The Importance of Talking about Nukes to the Public

Public engagement on nuclear weapons issues is both possible and essential, especially today. MORE >

Follow the Money: Using Financial Tools to Fight Proliferation Networks

The direst nuclear proliferation threat facing the international community is the growing size and sophistication of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. MORE >
  • Jessica BartlettBarclays Hong Kong
  • Emil DallRoyal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
  • Elizabeth RosenbergCenter for a New American Security
  • Justine WalkerDirector of Sanctions Policy, UK Finance

Women of Mass Destruction: Telling Our Story

Female nuclear experts face unique challenges when engaging with the public. What are the best methods for dealing with those challenges? MORE >

Young Professionals

We are excited to announce the return of our Young Professionals Track. At no additional cost, participants with less than five years of professional experience, including graduate students, were invited to attend:

  • A half-day workshop on March 10, featuring a lecture on open-source intelligence, a careers panel, policy roundtables, and a networking reception
  • A mentoring lunch at the conference
  • A writing workshop on March 13

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