John Holum


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Join us Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Westin Annapolis Hotel | 7 p.m.

John Holum will address the future dangers of nuclear war or detonations, and the prospects for the control of nuclear weapons from two general perspectives.  First, the US and Russia have recently completed the latest in a strategic nuclear weapons reduction treaty, which must be approved by the Senate to go into force.  This is the latest of several numerical reductions in launchers of strategic nuclear weapons and warheads on the part of the US and Russia..  It follows the policy of President Obama to have as a global goal a world without nuclear weapons. The second, highly complex issue is in the domain of nonproliferation, where the attempt is to stop new actors, particularly Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and somehow deal with states which have acquired them and pose a danger from launch or export of nuclear technologies to yet other states.  North Korea falls into this category. An additional factor is the role of Anti-Ballistic Missile systems in the relationship between the US and Russia which includes difficult politics among the states of Europa vis-a-vis Russia.  There is hope for a drawback worldwide given the history of convincing a number of states to actually give up their weapons programs, but progress today is slow, in particular with Iran and North Korea.  This promises to be an educational and interesting session as Mr. Holum was a key architect of the  Clinton arms control policies for the full 8 of the Clinton Presidency.

John Holum has worked in government service for over thirty years. During the early part of his career he served in a variety of capacities under Senator George McGovern. Later he went on to be a Policy Planning staffer in the Us State Department.  In 1992, Mr. Holum joined Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and subsequently became a member of the Clinton Administration, first as Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and then as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.