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Biden’s Foreign Policy: Challenges, Stakes, Opportunities

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At a time when former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry says we are at an even greater risk of a nuclear catastrophe than during the Cold War, experts Christine Ahn, Joe Cirincione and Katrina vanden Heuvel join moderator Cynthia Lazaroff for a conversation on Biden’s foreign policy, highlighting the high stakes in relations with nuclear adversaries Russia, China and North Korea and the dangerous decline in dialogue and diplomacy.

Our experts will sound the alarm on the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, the human and financial costs, the Biden Administration’s proposed $752.9 billion defense budget – an increase from the Trump years – along with the Administration’s commitment to proceed with the estimated $1.5 trillion modernization of America’s nuclear arsenal over the next 15 years, which many experts believe will actually increase the risk of a nuclear confrontation. As we face the existential threats of climate change, the pandemic, and many other urgent global challenges, our experts will explore the disconnect between Biden’s domestic and foreign policy, the true meaning of security, and opportunities to transform U.S. foreign policy to advance peace and security at home and around the world.

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  • Cynthia Lazaroff, Founder, NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth and Women Transforming Our Nuclear Legacy

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  • Christine Ahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War and ensure women’s leadership in peace building. In 2015, she led 30 international women peacemakers across the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) from North Korea to South Korea. They walked with 10,000 Korean women on both sides of the DMZ and held women’s peace symposia in Pyongyang and Seoul. Ahn is the International Coordinator of the Korea Peace Now! transnational campaign, which Women Cross DMZ launched in 2019 with three other feminist peace organizations. She has addressed the United Nations, the US Congress, Canadian Parliament and the ROK National Human Rights Commission. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she is a regular contributor on MSNBC, Democracy Now!, and CNN. Christine is also the co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and the Korea Peace Network, and has worked with prominent women’s organizations such as the Global Fund for Women and the Women of Color Resource Center. Christine serves on the board of Hawai’i Peace and Justice. She is the recipient of the 2020 US Peace Prize for her bold activism to end the Korean War, heal the wounds from the war, and women’s leadership in peacebuilding. Ahn has a master’s degree in International Policy from Georgetown University.  
  • Joseph Cirincione is a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and a national security analyst and author with over 35 years of experience working these issues in Washington, D.C. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World before It Is Too Late and Bomb Scare:  The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons. He served previously as president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress and director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among other positions.  He worked for over nine years on the professional staff of the Armed Services Committee and the Government Operations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He appears frequently on television, radio and in the media and is the author of over eight hundred articles and reports on defense and national security.
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel is editorial director and publisher of The Nation, America’s leading source of progressive politics and culture. She served as editor of the magazine from 1995 to 2019. A frequent commentator on U.S. and international politics for ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe and she writes a weekly column for The Washington Post. Vanden Heuvel is also the author of several books, including The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in The Age of Obama. Vanden Heuvel has been recognized for her journalism and public service by organizations as diverse as Planned Parenthood, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Community Change, the Norman Mailer Center, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, American Rights at Work, Progressive Congress, and more. During her tenure, The Nation‘s journalism has been recognized for excellence by the National Magazine Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists, GLAAD, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Webby Awards, among others. Vanden Heuvel serves on the boards of The Institute for Policy Studies, Type Media Center, The Sidney Hillman Media Foundation, The Correctional Association of New York, The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and The Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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