IT’S OUR SISTER ORGANIZATION’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY!
Congratulations to our sister organization, Council for a Livable World, as it celebrates its 60th anniversary this year! Nuclear physicist Leo Szilard founded the Council in 1962, having spent his time since the nuclear age began trying to rid the world of the weapons he helped create. From this organization, the Center spun off as a 501(c)(3) in 1980.
HOW TO ACCELERATE NUCLEAR DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN
Seven weeks into talks under the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to revive the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there remains a clear sense that the pace of diplomacy lags dangerously behind Iran’s advancing nuclear program.
Further, Iran still refuses to meet the U.S. delegation face-to-face despite appeals from Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and former Iranian diplomat and nuclear negotiator Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian. Research Analyst Samuel Hickey argues that, “A show of good faith by lifting irrelevant sanctions on Iranian civilians might break the diplomatic congestion.”
WE DON’T NEED TO GO WAR WITH IRAN
Even as negotiations continue in Vienna, war hawks are calling for the U.S. military to prepare plans for a comprehensive strike against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. But this flies in the face of our own military’s analysis of the likely outcome and consequences of such a strike. To convince the American people to consider yet another regional military misadventure, proponents of war with Iran must promote two great falsehoods: that diplomacy cannot resolve the crisis and alternatively that war could. But war is never simple and we should always remain wary of those who promise that it will be, even more so when there are still active diplomatic talks ongoing.
We thought you might be interested in viewing policy analysis from the Council’s Political Director Geoff Wilson and Board Member Joe Cirincione in Responsible Statecraft.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF LINCOLN DAY AND VERA KISTIAKOWSKY
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation was saddened to learn of the loss of former Council for a Livable World Board members Lincoln Day and Vera Kistiakowsky, who both died in December. They had been affiliated with the Council before the Center spun off from it.
Day, who authored many books and book chapters and co-produced a movie about the environmental footprint of war, as well as several offshoots, was known for his generosity of spirit. He was a central character in the story of the Council and Center, constantly shepherding staff and leadership as they worked toward peace. Read our full tribute.
Vera Kistiakowsky, daughter of former science advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower and Council board president George Kistiakowsky, was a trailblazing physicist in her own right, paving the way for generations of women in science after marking several firsts. She was also a social activist, fiercely advocating for women’s rights and nuclear disarmament. Read our full tribute.
MAKE A GIFT FROM YOUR IRA TODAY
Did you know: if you are 72 or older, you can donate a portion of the required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA to the Center and reduce your taxable income? For more information on beneficial-to-you ways to make a gift to the Center this giving season, email Development Director Robbi Woodson.