Nuclear Arms Control and Climate Change Negotiations: Shared Lessons and Possibilities

This conference will bring together a group of experts in nuclear arms control and environmental policy to examine the comparative history and contemporary lessons from global arms control and climate negotiations.  During the Cold War, nuclear arms control dominated global diplomatic efforts. No other issue brought so many countries together to negotiate agreements involving a complex mix of technical, political, and strategic issues. Nor did any other issue raise so much fear and hope. In the last two decades, ambitious multilateral efforts to negotiate a global climate treaty have taken up a similar role. These negotiations are also filled with fears of planetary destruction and hopes for global renewal. From the Rio Summit of 1992 through the Durban conference of 2011, national governments, the United Nations, and many other organizations have labored to reach a multilateral agreement on a comprehensive plan to combat climate change. The conference is premised on the belief that scholars of nuclear arms control and climate change negotiations can learn a great deal from each other, and that comparative analysis of this kind will enhance scholarship and policy development in each domain. This event is by invitation only but there is room for up to 5 students to attend. If you are a student and are interested in attending, please contact Gena Dawson at gdawson@law.utexas.edu.