New START: Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on Nuclear Disarmament


Location: Zoom Webinar, Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office

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New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), the last remaining nuclear weapons agreement between the United States and Russia, expires in February 2021 unless both sides agree to a five-year extension.

The treaty, ratified almost a decade ago, limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons to levels far below those of the Cold War.

With the deadline for renewal just months away, what are the current prospects for New START? How does its renewal fit into the wider ethical and policy debates on nuclear arms control and disarmament? And how can Catholic and Evangelical Protestant communities mobilize in support of the agreement?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring prominent Evangelical and Catholic leaders and scholars, who will explore these timely and important issues.


Former Sen. Sam Nunn, Founder and Co-Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Walter Kim, President, National Association of Evangelicals
Lucas Koach, Director, USCCB Office of International Justice and Peace
Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America
John Hartley, Director, World Evangelical Alliance Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons

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This event is presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, in partnership with the following co-sponsors: The Catholic Peacebuilding Network, National Association of Evangelicals, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, Nuclear Threat Initiative, World Evangelical Alliance Global Task Force on Disarmament and Nuclear Weapons, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research, and The Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament.