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Trading Off Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation in the 1970s and Today

On December 9, the Brookings Institution and the Italian Embassy will host a discussion with a keynote address by Joseph S. Nye, Jr., distinguished service professor at Harvard University, on how the forthcoming G8 Italian presidency might provide a stronger impetus towards cooperation on nuclear security—one that begins with civilian nuclear power and also addresses all of the traditional nuclear security questions. He will compare how the trade-off between nuclear energy and non-proliferation was seen under President Jimmy Carter’s policy in the 1970s with the situation today.

Joseph S. Nye Jr. is the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School. He has served as an assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, chair of the National Intelligence Council and deputy under secretary of state for security assistance, science and technology. In 2004, he published Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics; Understanding International Conflict, 5th edition (Public Affairs, 2004) and The Power Game: A Washington Novel (Public Affairs, 2004).

Minister Luca Giansanti, director general for multilateral political cooperation and human rights of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will provide introductory remarks on the priorities of the forthcoming Italian G8 presidency. Brookings Senior Fellow Daniel Benjamin, director of the Center on the United States and Europe, will introduce Professor Nye and Brookings Visiting Fellow Federiga Bindi will moderate the discussion. After the program, Professor Nye will take audience questions.




Luca Giansanti

Director General for Multilateral Political Cooperation and Human Rights, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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Joseph S. Nye Jr.

Former dean - Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

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