This event is offered IN PERSON only
The risks posed by nuclear weapons are reaching heights not seen since the depths of the Cold War. Urgent measures are necessary to prevent any use of nuclear weapons, prevent their spread and bring about their eventual elimination. King will start the conversation with a 20 minute presentation, followed by a 40 minute question and answer period.
This event has been scheduled to occur the weekend after the Salisbury Forum’s presentation of the film “ The Vow”. You are encouraged (but not at all obliged) to see the film if you plan to attend the conversation with King at SML.
The conversation will be held after Scoville Library public hours. Please enter the Library before it closes to the public at 4:00 p.m.
CHRIS KING BIOGRAPHY:
Chris King is the Acting Chief and Senior Political Affairs Officer for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch in the Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).
He has been the Deputy Secretary-General of the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Secretary-General of the first Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and represented UNODA in a variety of multilateral fora. His areas of responsibility include nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control, including risk reduction and strategic stability.
He joined the United Nations in January 2015 and has previously served as the Chief of the Strategic Planning Unit and the Head of the Science and Technology Unit, both in UNODA. On the latter, a key focus was the risks posed by the ungoverned use of artificial intelligence in military applications.
Before joining the UN, Chris served in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, representing Australia in India and Iraq. He was Acting Director of the Foreign Service’s Arms Control Section, responsible for Australian disarmament and non-proliferation policy and an advisor to former Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd. He has also been a National Security Advisor at the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and intelligence policy.