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[ABGESAGT] Thinking Beyond Nuclear: Global US Foreign Policy, Arms Control, and Nonproliferation


Amerika Haus e.V. NRW and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) cordially invite you to a political discussion: with Dr. Paul F. Walker and Dr. Frank Umbach.

In 2018, the United States under President Donald J. Trump left two international treaties, with wide-ranging consequences for foreign and world politics: first, the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA), also known as the “Iran nuclear deal”; and later, the “Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” (INF Treaty) with Russia. With the 2020 NPT Review Conference taking place this spring, the future of nuclear non-proliferation, and its security implications, remains uncertain. At the same time, the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War, as confirmed by the United Nations, paints a gloomy picture of what may happen if diplomatic ties to unstable actors are being suspended.

Dr. Paul F. Walker is the International Director of Environmental Security and Sustainability (ESS) for Green Cross International (GCI) and has managed its Washington DC office for over twenty years. Currently, he is also a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik [IFSH]) at the University of Hamburg, Germany.  For his work as a leading expert for the abolition of chemical weapons, he received the 2013 Right Livelihood Award (“Alternative Noble Prize”).

Dr. Frank Umbach is Research Director of the European Centre for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), King‘s College in London. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyan Technological University (NTU) in Singapore; a Visiting Professor on “EU Energy (External) Policies and Gover¬nance” at the College of Europe in Natolin/Warsaw (Poland) and an Executive Advisor of Proventis Partners GmbH, Munich (a M&A company). He also works as an international consultant for governments, international organisations (i.e. NATO), energy, consulting and investment companies  (i.e. Gerson Lehrman Group/(GLG) on inter¬natio¬nal energy se¬cu¬¬ri¬ty, policies and markets, geopolitical risks, cyber security and critical (energy) infrastructure protection/CEIP, as well as (maritime) security policies in Asia-Pacific.

Free Entrance. The event will be held in English, and followed by a get-together.

Ort: Fritz Thyssen Stiftung | Amélie Thyssen Auditorium | Apostelnkloster 13-15 | 50672 Köln