New START: Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on Nuclear Disarmament

October 21, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

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? This panel discussion featured prominent evangelical and Catholic leaders and scholars who explored these timely and important issues, including: Sam Nunn, former United States senator and founder and co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Lucas Koach, director of the Office International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of international relations at the Catholic University of America; and John Hartley, fellow at Yale University’s Center for Comparative Research. The conversation was moderated by Maura Policelli, executive director of the Keough School’s Washington, DC, office.

This event was 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, and World Affairs
  • The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research
  • The Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament

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