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"Nuclear Weapons and U.S.-China Relations"

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1302

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

"Nuclear Weapons and U.S.-China Relations"

with Elbridge A. Colby

Principal Analyst and Division Lead, Global Strategic Affairs, CNA

Friday, May 3, 2013
12:15pm - 2:00pm


This talk will be based on a report by Mr. Colby and his colleague Abraham Denmark for the Center for Strategic & International Studies. This report addresses the increasingly important set of issues surrounding the nuclear forces of the United States and China. It focuses on a series of policy and posture recommendations for the United States, but it does so with an eye toward U.S. allies in the region and Chinese audiences. The report also includes two appendixesone detailing the Working Groups assessment of Chinas nuclear strategy, policy, decisionmaking, posture, and capabilities, and one summarizing the Working Groups discussions in Beijing in September 2012. It can be found at the following link: http://csis.org/publication/nuclear-weapons-and-us-china-relations.


Elbridge Colby is a principal analyst and division lead for global strategic affairs at CNA, where
he focuses on strategic, deterrence, nuclear weapons, and related issues and advises a number of U.S. Government entities. Previously, he served as policy advisor to the Secretary of Defenses Representative for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, as a staff member on the Presidents Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding WMD, with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, and with the State Department. Mr. Colby has also been an adjunct staff member with the RAND Corporation and serves or has served as a consultant to a number of U.S. Government bodies. He publishes regularly on defense and foreign policy issues in a variety of venues such as The National Interest, ForeignPolicy.com, Policy Review, and Orbis. He has published an edited volume, Strategic Stability: Contending Interpretations (2013), co-chaired a CSIS study on U.S.-China nuclear weapons issues (2013), and has published book chapters in a number of edited collections. He has also appeared on radio and spoken to government, expert, university, and broader public audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is a regular participant in Track II discussions, particularly in Asia. He is a recipient of the Exceptional Public Service Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and of the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and co-chairman of the Washington, D.C. Advisory Committee of the Hamilton Society, Mr. Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

This event is free and open to the public.