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Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

"Abe government's support for the Trump Nuclear Posture Review"

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

Gregory Kulacki is a respected expert on the People's Republic of China who has lived and worked in China for the better part of the last twenty-five years facilitating exchanges between academic, governmental, and professional organizations in both the U.S. and China. As China Project Manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), he promotes dialogue between the United States and China on nuclear arms control. He is fluent in Mandarin and has lived in China for more than 20 years.

Before joining UCS in 2002, Kulacki was an associate professor at Green Mountain College and director of academic programs in China for the Council on International Educational Exchange. Kulacki earned a doctorate degree in political theory and a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Maryland.

In a press conference he gave at the FCCJ last year entitled 'US-China Nuclear Relations and the Risk of Nuclear War in Northeast Asia' he noted that, "North Korea's nuclear weapons program and Japan's insistence on strengthening U.S. extended nuclear deterrence inhibit regional progress on nuclear disarmament". Japan is playing an "especially unproductive role", he warns, by working quietly behind the scenes to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons to the region.

He added that the election of President Donald Trump made it more likely that this aim will be realized. Even if the UN ban is successful, he said, it was unlikely in the short-term, to force decision-makers in Beijing, Pyongyang, Washington and Tokyo to reverse course. "All four governments seek to maintain or expand, rather than contract, the role of nuclear weapons in their security policies."

He has since noted that, "Many of the issues I discussed related to the Trump NPR then are now about to become US government policy. Moreover, the contents of a recent post from UCS on the Abe government's support for the Trump NPR (https://allthingsnuclear.org/ gkulacki/nuclear-hawks-take-the-reins-in-tokyo) is now being discussed in the Japanese press, particularly after the publication of a story by the Okinawa Times."

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