This virtual conference will feature two days of presentations from rising experts covering topics such as regional nuclear policy and strategy, arms control and disarmament, proliferation challenges, and deterrence. All participants must pre-register to attend.

The PONI Conference Series is unique in its emphasis on incorporating rising experts and young professionals in the nuclear field. The Conference Series draws emerging thought leaders from across the nuclear enterprise and policy community and provides them with a visible platform for sharing their new thinking on a range of nuclear issues.

All comments made at the conference are off-the-record.

Participants must register for each day separately.

 

 

2020 PONI VIRTUAL WINTER CONFERENCE DRAFT AGENDA

DECEMBER 9-10, 2020
All Times EST

Day One: Wednesday, December 9

 9:30    CONFERENCE WELCOME

Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

 9:45     PANEL 1: DETERRENCE IN ASIA

Panel Moderator: Dr. Naoko Aoki, Congressional Fellow and Adjunct Professor at American University

Balancing Deterrence and Stability in U.S. Conventional Missile Deployments in Asia
Eric Gomez, Director, Defense Policy Studies, Cato Institute

India’s Evolving Strategic Forces
Tyler Sagerstrom, Research Assistant, South Asia Program, Stimson Center

Open Source Analysis & North Korea’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Jamie Withorne, Research Assistant, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

11:15   BREAK

11:30   KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Discussion and Q&A with Lt. General Scott Kindsvater, Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee moderated by Rebecca Hersman.

1:00     END OF DAY 1 

3:00     SOCIAL HOUR: Pandemics, Polarization, and Presidential Transition: Prioritizing US Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation Goals in a New Era
An informal conversation on agenda-setting in the incoming Biden administration.

4:30     END OF DAY 1

 

Day Two: Thursday, December 10

 

10:00   PANEL 2: EMERGING TECHNOLOGY AND NUCLEAR RISKS: BALANCING RISKS AND REWARDS

Panel Moderator: Dr. Brian Radzinsky, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

New Technical and Geopolitical Realities for the Submarine Deterrent    
Leah Walker, Defense Technology Associate, Institute for Security and Technology

Organizational Challenges to AI Adoption: Implications for Strategic Forces
Raymond Wang, Ph.D. Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emerging Tech and the Threat of Proliferation
Chris Meskauskas, Instructor, USAF

11:30   Break

11:45   PANEL 3: ARMS CONTROL AND DETERRENCE STRATEGY

Panel Moderator: Dr. Andrew Reddie, Senior Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley

The Conventional Force Perspective: Nuclear Integration In Doctrine, Concepts, and Exercises
Adam Saxton, Research Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Surveys of Superiority: Experimental Evidence on the Impact of the Nuclear Balance
David Logan, PhD Candidate and Fellow, Princeton

Atomic Erasure: Visibility and Inclusion in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Virginia Kerr, Master’s Candidate, Middlebury Institute for International Studies

Citizen Diplomacy: Exploring the impact of track two dialogues on U.S.-Russia arms control agreements
Bernadette Stadler, Master’s Candidate, Harvard University

1:15   CLOSING REMARKS
Eric Brewer, Deputy Director Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

1:30   OPTIONAL SCREENING: Deterrence 101 – The Foundations of Deterrence