New Nukes and New Risks: The peril of nuclear weapons in an unstable world


Location: McNally Amphitheater | Fordham University at Lincoln Center 140 W. 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed the threat of nuclear destruction back onto the front pages and into our collective consciousness. In reality, that threat had never gone away but had been superseded in the public mind by crises such as global warming and political turmoil.

This discussion among leading experts on nuclear weapons will gauge the risks the world faces today and in particular what Catholic peacemaking efforts – led by Pope Francis – can do. The event follows the recent United Nations review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the annual General Assembly of the UN, which spotlighted the nuclear threat.

Our panel includes a former high-ranking NATO official, a diplomat from Mexico who specializes in international law, a Catholic University of America ethicist, and the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations, who will outline the contributions Pope Francis is making to the push for a non-nuclear future.

This event is organized by Fordham’s CRC together with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament. A video recording will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. 


Rose Gottemoeller is the former Deputy Secretary General of NATO and served nearly five years as the U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. She is currently a lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

Maryann Cusimano Love is an associate professor of international relations at Catholic University of America. She has written widely on the ethics of war and weaponry and advises both the U.S. government and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on foreign policy issues.

Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo is the deputy permanent representative of Mexico to the United Nations and member of the UN’s International Law Commission. He has extensive experience in disarmament issues.

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, who was named by Pope Francis to serve as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in November 2019, will provide opening remarks. Archbishop Caccia has served the Vatican in many diplomatic posts around the world.

David Gibson, director of Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture, will moderate the discussion, including questions from the audience.

This event is dedicated to the work and memory of our colleague Drew Christiansen, SJ, who passed away in April 2022 after a long career devoted to Catholic peacebuilding.

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