2024 New Voices, New Ideas Conference

Wed. July 17th, 2024
Washington, DC & Live Online

Nuclear dangers are rising to levels not seen since the Cold War. This growing risk demands the recruitment of voices from diverse demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds to bring new ideas, skills, and perspectives. 

In line with our commitment to advancing diversity in the nuclear policy field, the Nuclear Policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is pleased to be hosting our second annual New Voices, New Ideas Conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. The conference will be hybrid, held in-person at Carnegie's headquarters in Washington, DC, and online via Zoom. 

This one-day, interactive event for interns, students, and young professionals aims to provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and substantive nuclear policy discussions with guest speakers and a nuclear crisis simulation. 

Eligible participants include: 

  • Current undergraduate students 
  • Anyone who graduated with an undergraduate degree in the last three years (whether pursuing further education, working, interning, or looking for employment) 

The event is free to attend and no prior nuclear policy background or experience is needed to participate—just an interest in the field. Please register to secure your spot as space is limited. Registrations from traditionally underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.  

This event is made possible through support from the Prospect Hill Foundation. 

Wed. July 17th, 2024 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

A Conversation with Acting SRREJ Amber Greene

Amber Greene is the Acting Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice at the U.S. Department of State, where she leads Department efforts to advance the human rights of members of marginalized racial, ethnic, and Indigenous communities, including people of African descent, and build global partnerships to combat systemic racism, discrimination, and xenophobia globally. Previously, Ms. Greene served in the White House Domestic Policy Council as the Special Assistant to the President for Racial and Economic Justice, where she directed the development and management of President Biden’s whole-of-government racial and economic justice agenda.


Amber Greene

Acting Special Representative for Racial Equity & Justice, U.S. Department of State

Kylie Jones

Kylie Jones

Research Assistant, Nuclear Policy Program, Technology and International Affairs Program

Wed. July 17th, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

New Voices: Bridging the Gap between People and Policy

Over the past year, nuclear weapons have reentered public consciousness in a way not seen since the Cold War. Spurred by various developments—from Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling in the Ukraine War, to Christopher Nolan’s award-winning film Oppenheimer—public awareness about the dangers of nuclear war has surged. Despite this increased interest, nuclear policymaking remains exclusive, and the opportunities for those from historically underrepresented groups to influence nuclear policy are not expanding accordingly. This lack of representation often hinders the field's ability to fully understand and address the multifaceted implications of nuclear weapons on different communities.   

This panel will explore novel ways to bridge the gap between policymakers and the public, especially those most disproportionately impacted by nuclear weapons, to diversify the nuclear policy field, and push forward progress on nuclear challenges.


Elise Rowan

Senior Director, Communications for the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Cole Smith


Rachel Thomas

Director, Diversity and Inclusion, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Jane Darby Menton

Jane Darby Menton

Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Wed. July 17th, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

New Ideas: Intersectionality of Nuclear Policy and Global Challenges

This century, nuclear policy has largely remained entrenched in Cold War-era thinking, despite the evolving global security environment. Traditional approaches to deterrence, arms control, and non-proliferation have struggled to keep pace with technological advancements and shifting geopolitical dynamics. Further, nuclear weapons don’t exist in a vacuum. Their risks intersect with numerous other existential threats and pressing global challenges, such as climate change, pandemics, and geopolitical instability. As new challenges emerge, it is crucial to rethink outdated paradigms and embrace innovative solutions.  

This panel will delve into areas of nuclear policy that are ripe for innovation, exploring how fresh perspectives and interdisciplinary ideas can reshape the field for a more secure and stable future.


Ryo Morimoto

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University

Sneha Nair

Special Assistant, National Nuclear Security Administration

Lindsay Rand

Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation


Jayita Sarkar

British Academy Global Innovation Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Carnegie does not take institutional positions on public policy issues; the views represented herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Carnegie, its staff, or its trustees.
Carnegie does not take institutional positions on public policy issues; the views represented herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Carnegie, its staff, or its trustees.