The third conference of the 2017-2018 PONI Conference Series was held on December 5-6 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The two-day conference featured a series presentations from emerging nuclear experts, keynote talks with senior leaders, and a mock trial scenario examining nuclear terrorism.

The PONI Conference Series, now in its fourteenth year, is unique in its emphasis on featuring 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.

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Panels and Participants

PANEL 1: Multilateral Mechanisms for Arms Control

Moderator: Justin Anderson, Research Fellow, National Defense University

The Birth of a Ban: A comparative analysis of WMD prohibition treaties
Alicia Sanders-Zakre, Research Assistant, Arms Control Association

State Participation in Nonproliferation Regime Networks
Sarah Laderman, Graduate Fellow, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, University of California, Berkeley

Are we fighting yet? (Marshall Islands)
Raymond Wang, MA Candidate, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Panel 2: Future Challenges in Nuclear Security

Moderator: Ambassador Linton Brooks, Senior Adviser, CSIS

Dropping the “Uranium” Ball: Critical Reevaluation of the Nuclear Security Summit Process
Leah Matchett, Masters Candidate, University of Oxford

Safeguards and Submarines
Chenee Tracey, Graduate Researcher, International Technology and Trade Associates

Dirty Bombs and Hospitals: Removing Dangerous Radioactive Materials from the Public Space
Erin Connolly, Program Assistant, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Standardizing Acquisition Path Analysis: A Case Study of Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Margaret Arno, Nonproliferation Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Panel 3: Nuclear Strategy in a Changing Global Landscape

Moderator: Amy Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy, Congressional Research Service

Testing Men, Not Metal: North Korea’s Missile Tests
Shea Cotton, Research Associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies

The Impact of Turkish Missile and Defense Developments on NATO Relations
Tucker Boyce, Post-Bachelor’s, International Threat Reduction, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Back to the Future: Nuclear Stability in a Post-Arms Control Age
Will Caplan, Program Coordinator and Research Assistant, Project on Nuclear Issues, CSIS

NATO 2+1: Status Quo or Rock the Boat?
David Weaden, Mechanical Engineer, Atomic Weapons Establishment