Chain Reaction: Navigating Change

VIDEO: Chain Reaction: Navigating Change

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For the first time since the end of the Cold War we are on the precipice of a new nuclear arms race, this time with both Russia and China. Opponents of arms control are on the attack, saying we should confront recent escalations by Russia and China with more nuclear weapons. But we know an arms race is not the answer. Better diplomacy, not more weapons, will lead to a safer future.

A series of events so related that each one initiates the next is known as a Chain Reaction. Every year we gather leaders in our field, devoted partners, and new advocates to generate a nexus of ideas and strategies to advance policies to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. You—and every new ally you introduce to Ploughshares Fund—represent a critical ingredient in our formula for change.

Speakers include:

Public Addresses by:
Dr. Emma Belcher, President of Ploughshares Fund
Matt Korda, Senior Research Associate and Project Manager for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists
Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, author, and Ploughshares Fund Board member

A panel discussion featuring:
Moderator, Tom Z. Collina, Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund
Tina Cordova, Co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium
Dr. Fiona Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Nicole Grajewski, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute

During our Pre-Show, hear Executive Director Elizabeth Warner share her favorite memories of Chain Reactions past in a tribute to the 10th anniversary of this important event.

Special thanks to our Chain Reaction Committee, the group of volunteers who make this event possible with their input and inspiration.

Chain Reaction Committee

Phil Ames
Tannaz Banisadre
Connie Foote
Pamela Hamrick
Kevin Holmes
Don Mordecai, MD
Max Pike
Stephen Sarewitz

Host Committee
Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer
Honorary Members
Melodee Siegel Kornacker
Philip Taubman, Author of In the Nation’s Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz
Sally Lilienthal Sponsors
In memory of Mary Lloyd Estrin
Robert and Jennifer Waldron Civic Fund
Werner Family Foundation
James B. Blume and Kathryn Frank
John and Mary Feikema
Connie Foote
HAND Foundation
Purple Lady Fund, Barbara J. Meislin
Phil and Sabrina Ames
Kennette Benedict
Graham and Talia Brandt
John and Kelly Couch
Mathea Falco and Peter Tarnoff
Drs. Corinna Haberland and Don Mordecai
Gretchen Hund and Ted Andrews
Victoria Lilienthal and Thomas Dreyer
Amy McGrath
Sayre P. Sheldon
John Bowers and Linda Stevens
Tom Cohen and Kristi Denton Cohen
Sallie DeGolia and Martin Bronk
Double E Foundation
Dorothie and Martin Hellman
Kevin and Jessica Holmes
Dr. Michael Jones
Gyöngy Laky and Thomas Layton
Oppenheimer Project
Susan and Mel Plutsky
Scott Sagan and Sujitpan Bao Lamsam