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Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Case for Investing in Climate-Change Resilience: Insights from Science, Engineering, and Economics

| Sep. 18, 2017

Professor John P. Holdren gave the keynote lecture opening a two-day international congress at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which was organized by the University’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment on the topic of "Building Resilience to Climate Change." 

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Presentation - Foundation for Defense of Democracies

State of Play and Future of the Multilateral Non-proliferation Regimes and Initiatives

| May 29, 2017

The last couple of years have seen mixed progress in non-proliferation, arms control, and disarmament. On the positive side, we can applaud the Ministerial-level Nuclear Security conference in December 2016 and actions emanating from that.

American University of Paris


Nicholas Burns Gives Commencement Address and Receives Honorary Degree from American University of Paris

| May 23, 2017

Ambassador Nicholas Burns in Paris on May 23, 2017 receiving and honorary degree and delivering the Commencement address to the American University of Paris class of 2017. He reminds graduates to "believe in the beauty, the power and the truth of our democratic way of life."

Salem State University Commencement 2017

Salem State University


Burns calls on graduate to be uniters, not dividers at 2017 Salem State University Commencement address for Salem State University

| May 18, 2017

On May 18, Professor Burns delivered the 2017 Commencement Address to the Salem State University School of Graduate Studies in Salem, Massachusetts. His speech had themes of hope and service. He left them with two messages and calls to action: that we must never forget who we [the United States] really are as a people—a nation of immigrants; and that the graduates before him raise us up and build a better and stronger and more hopeful America.

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Presentation - Union of Concerned Scientists

Matthew Bunn: Insider Threats & the Challenge to High-Security Organizations

| Mar. 22, 2017

High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information, facilities, and materials. From Edward Snowden to the Fort Hood shooter to the theft of nuclear materials, the threat from insiders is on the front page and at the top of the policy agenda. The talk will outline key insights from the new book Insider Threats (, which was co-edited with Scott Sagan of Stanford University. The book offers detailed case studies of insider disasters across a range of different types of institutions, from biological research laboratories, to nuclear power plants, to the US Army. It also includes an unprecedented analysis of terrorist thinking about using insiders to get fissile material or sabotage nuclear facilities. The talk will discuss cognitive and organizational biases that lead organizations to downplay the insider threat, and “worst practices” from these past mistakes, offering lessons that will be valuable for any organization with high security and a lot to lose.

Vienna International Center

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Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) - Verification Issues

| Mar. 02, 2017

The High Level Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty’s (FMCT) Expert Preparatory Group held an open-ended informal consultative meeting at the United Nations in New York on 2-3 March 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to engage all UN Member States to share their views through interactive discussions on the scope of a future treaty, its definitions, verification requirements, and associated legal and institutional arrangements. As the FMCT is still at the stage of a proposed agreement, the purpose of the consultative meeting is not to negotiate the Treaty but prepare the terrain on future negotiations. The Group, which submits its report to the UN General Assembly in 2018, draws from the Governmental Experts Group (GGE) Report of 2015, further details issues, and looks at various options, inter alia, on the definitions, scope, verification alternatives, and their implications. The GGE participants agree that the future FMCT needs to be internationally and effectively verifiable, and is an important step in nuclear disarmament. The GGE identified a number of key issues related to verification, which are being summarized in this presentation.

Cathryn Cluver


Presentation - Der Spiegel

Press Freedom in Danger

| Jan. 10, 2017

Free media is a key instrument of social autonomy - which can be destroyed. Unfortunately, this mechanism seems to be deteriorating in many of those countries with which Germany maintains close relations. How can the freedom of words and images be defended? Is press freedom without democracy possible - and differently? On the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the magazine Der Spiegel, the director of the foreign bureau Britta Sandberg and editor-in-chief Klaus Brinkbäumer discussed with the journalists Galina Timchenko from Russia, and Can Dündar from Turkey, and Harvard Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director Cathryn Clüver from the USA in the KörberForum. A conclusion: "The solution to the international problem of threatened press freedom is called solidarity" (Can Dündar). 

In German, Russian, and Turkish with German subtitles.