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MIT Zoom Seminar Series on global peace and insecurity

September 25, 2020

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis on several fronts. Lack of leadership by the United States has intensified many flash points around the world including nuclear threats and the abandonment of arms control negotiations, bio-safety, climate change, food insecurity, instability and tensions in the East, and increased pressure from nationalists and extremists at home and abroad. This seminar will capture a subset of these critical issues facing humanity and the planet. All programs will require pre-registration.

The progam on Monday, September 28th will have a unique registration link. All other programs, with the exception of Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, will have a consistent registration link. Professor Chomsky's program will have a separate link. Please stay tuned for udpated links and information. Thank you!

Seminar Organizer and Moderator: Subrata Ghoshroy, Research Affiliate, STS


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28* SPECIAL SEMINAR (Note: different day): Hon. Shireen Mazari, Minister of Human Rights, Pakistan

Hon. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Former Cabinet Minister, Congress Party leader, veteran diplomat, first Consul General of India to Pakistan, writer, and political commentator

Is Third Party Mediation Necessary for Resolution of the Dispute in Kashmir?



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6: Vladimir Kozin, Ph. D., Member of two Russian Academies, Military, and Natural Sciences; author of 16 monographs on arms control

Whither US – Russia Nuclear Arms Control?


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13: Monica Zoppe, Ph. D., Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Milan, Italy

Accidents, mistakes and COVID-19: Risks and Necessity of High-Level Biosafety Labs; MODERATOR: Professor Jonathan King


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20: Heidi Peltier, Ph. D, Director, 20 Years of War Project, Boston University

The Bang and the Bucks: Post-9/11 Military Spending and the Shortchanging of Other Urgent Needs


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27: Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, MIT and Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona

Biden or Trump: What’s at Stake on November 3?

PLEASE NOTE: This program will have a unique registration link TBD.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3: Jurgen Scheffran, Head of the Research Group Climate Change and Security, University of Hamburg, Germany

Climate Change and International Security

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10: Paul Meyer, Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament

The Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50: A Mid-Life Crisis?


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 6:00PM-7:30PM EST (Please note differnt time): Jun Tateno, Ph.D., Executive Director, Nuclear and Energy-Related Information Center (NERIC), Tokyo, Japan

Ten years After Fukushima: The Future of Nuclear Power in Japan


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24: Saurabh Kumar, Former Ambassador of India to Ireland, Austria, and the United Nations in Vienna

(Topic and date to be confirmed)


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1: Masako Ikegami, Ph. D., Professor, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Missile and Nuclear Insecurity in East Asia


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8: To be announced


*Note seminar is on Monday

**Seminar is at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public. Prior registration is required to obtain Zoom link. For more information, please contact Subrata Ghoshroy or visit

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