I attended a State Department conference on Obama’s nuclear agenda earlier this week. A bit new to this issue, the event actually gave me a really concrete idea of some up-and-coming debates and moments (below).

President Obama’s 2009 ‘Prague speech’ outlined his interest in reducing the role of nuclear weapons in the US national security strategy. Obama’s ‘nuclear vision’ is expressed through three main pillars: disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. And we’ve already seen some promising signs, including negotiation of a new START treaty with Russia just last week.

Some key moments:

  • Obama’s Nuclear Posture Review: To be released in April 2010, the review will outline US nuclear strategy, including if/how we would use nuclear weapons, the number of weapons we will develop, etc. (Read more on the NY Times website).
  • Nuclear Security Summit: April 12-13, 2010. The Summit will focus on securing all nuclear materials within the next 4 years, including efforts to halt the illicit trade of nuclear materials. (Read more on the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation website).
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference: May 2010. Taking place every 5 years, the NPT conference will be a moment to reaffirm the commitment to non-proliferation. This will also be a moment to discuss peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Get involved: A number of groups are working on this issue, including:

  • The Prague Project: A network of civil society groups organizing events and dialogue around nuclear issues
  • Think Outside the Bomb: Check out details of their ‘disarmament summer’
  • Global Zero: Currently touring the film ‘Countdown to Zero’ across the country