Japan’s State of Nuclear Emergency

March 18, 2011

The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL, United States


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Chicago Council on Science and Technology will host a panel discussion on the crisis in Japan.  The world’s eyes are on Japan as it struggles to recover from the largest recorded earthquake in its history. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami have produced a formidable humanitarian crisis and severely compromised Japan’s civil nuclear infrastructure, straining the central government’s capacity to manage the country in the aftermath of disaster. Amidst ongoing recovery and containment efforts, a third nuclear reactor has exploded in as many days, shaking public confidence in the safety of nuclear installations at home and abroad. Please join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Chicago Council on Science and Technology for a panel discussion addressing the crisis in Japan, focusing on questions of nuclear safety and containment, their effect on regional geopolitics, and the consequences for the future of U.S. nuclear development policy.

Kennette Benedict is the executive director and publisher of theBulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine established by Manhattan Project scientists in 1945 to inform the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons and other catastrophic threats to humanity. From 1992 to 2005, she directed the international peace and security program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She also established and directed the foundation’s initiative in the former Soviet Union from 1992 to 2002. Before joining the foundation in 1987, she taught at Rutgers University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Benedict received her A.B. from Oberlin College and a Ph. D. in political science from Stanford University.

Robert Gallucci became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in July 2009, having previously served as dean of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Gallucci previously served in several government capacities, including with the U.S. Department of State as ambassador-at-large and as a special envoy to address the threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He has authored a number of publications, includingNeither Peace Nor Honor: The Politics of American Military Policy in Vietnam and Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisiswith Joel S. Wit and Daniel Poneman. Gallucci earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Co-sponsored with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Event Details

Robert Gallucci, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Kennette Benedict, Executive Director and Publisher, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Friday, March 18th 2011
7:30 to 7:45 Registration and breakfast
7:45 to 9:00 Discussion
The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Business attire required.