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The Makers Reykjavik Forum: The Cold War and the Thermonuclear Confrontation

September 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Live panel discussions inspired by the play Reykjavik, by Richard Rhode.

About the play, Reykjavik: In 1986 Reagan and Gorbachev met in Iceland to decide the future of the nuclear arms race. Despite mutual suspicion, politics, a huge bluff, and no agreement, a friendship was formed that would change the course of history.

The Makers: Reykjavik Forum brings together artists with scientists, policymakers, diplomats, and others who have shaped Cold War history to discuss the past, current, and possible future of nuclear weapons.

Forum #2: The Cold War and the Thermonuclear Confrontation

  • Opening remarks & introductions – Rachel Bronson, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • History of Cold War Atomic Weapons Development – Richard Rhodes, author and historian
  • Diplomacy & East-West Relations – Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.
  • The Strategic Balance – Jessica Sleight, GLOBAL ZERO
  • The Legacy of Reykjavik – Alexandra Bell, The Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation

An audience Q&A with the full panel will follow.

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