The third event in the 2015-2016 PONI Conference Series will be held December 9-10 at CSIS in Washington, DC.

The two-day conference will feature presentations from emerging nuclear experts covering topics including U.S. nuclear policy and posture in the face of modernization and sequestration, non-state actors, nuclear security, escalation dyanmics, and perspectives on Russia and Europe. The conference will also include a keynote address by Tom Countryman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State, and feature a panel discussion on the health of the nuclear enterprise.

Agenda and Participants

Panel 1: U.S. Nuclear Policy and Posture in the Face of Modernization and Sequestration

Nuclear Weapons Modernization: Thinking about the Unthinkable
Michaela Dodge, Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy, The Heritage Foundation

America’s Strategic Nuclear Force Structure in the 21st Century: Operational and Deterrence Impacts of Re-Phasing Current Modernization Plans
Marc Quint, Post Master’s Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Balancing Deterrence
Katherine Blakeley, Policy Analyst, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Dime Store Deterrence: Getting What You Pay For
Evan Thompson, Research Associate, Octant Associates, LLC

Panel 2: Non-State Actors

Rethinking the Proliferation Paradigm
Sarah Laderman, MS/MPP Candidate, University of California, Berkeley, and Fellow, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium

The Wild Wild East: Nuclear Trafficking and the ‘Lawless Land’ of Eastern Europe and the Russian Caucasus
Ross Hagan, Master’s Candidate in Applied Intelligence, Mercyhurst University

Apocalypse Now? Rethinking Nuclear Terror in the Age of ISIS
Minsu Crowder-Han, Graduate Student, Georgetown University

Panel 3: Escalation Dynamics

Managing Escalation in Conventional Conflicts with Nuclear-Armed Adversaries
Vincent Manzo, Policy Analyst, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, Department of Defense

Early Warning? Forecasting Escalation Patterns in South Asian Nuclear Crises
Hannah Haegeland, Scoville Peace Fellow, Stimson Center

Miscalculation Scare: Why ASBM and CPGS Weapons Will Not Increase Nuclear Escalation Risk
Kang Jiang, PhD Candidate, King’s College

Panel 4: Perspectives on Europe and Russia

Making the Case for Preserving the INF Treaty- A European Perspective
Anna Peczeli, Research Fellow, Center for Strategic and Defense Studies

Whither Goes the Transatlantic Security Partnership?
Selim Sazak, Researcher, Foreign Policy Program, The Century Foundation
Lauren Sukin, Student, Political Science, Brown University

Emerging Security Alliances Challenging the Status Quo and U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Russia
Sofie Roehrig, Student, International Relations, George Washington University

Russian Perspective on Strategic Non-Nuclear Deterrence
Harrison Menke, Wargaming Analyst, SAIC

Panel 5: Nuclear Security

Role of New Scientific Approaches in Tamper Detection for Nuclear Security
Tessa Pinon, Postdoctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University

Nuclear Monitoring in the Post-Cold War Era: Technology to Support Unilateral Actions
Heather Meeks, Program Manager, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Portal Monitoring Systems for Nuclear Threat Reduction- Looking Inside the Box
Dr. Jonathan Burns, Threat Reduction Physicist, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Exporting Nuclear Safety
Captain Jeffrey Graham, Deputy Lead Project Officer, Nuclear Use Control, Defense Threat Reduction Agency