Sam Nunn lectures at Tech Former senator gives talk on US foreign policy
By Scott Lange News Staff
On Tuesday, November 4, former Senator Sam Nunn delivered a lecture on American foreign policy at the Student Success Center's Clary Theater.
Nunn spoke for nearly an hour to a diverse crowd of students, faculty, military personnel and business leaders. He covered several major issues including proliferation of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, security of the Korean peninsula, and the continuing tensions in Iraq.
After a warm introduction by Dr. Jerry Banks of the ISyE school, Senator Nunn discussed the rapid pace of change in the world. Despite the rate of change, Nunn remains optimistic. "We have the best chance for peace and prosperity today than we have had, certainly in my lifetime, and I would say probably in the history of the world," said Nunn.
The former senator described ongoing American efforts to contain the arsenal of the former Soviet Union.
"There is no question in my mind that the number one national security threat to this country today is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction chemical, biological, and missile technology know-how," Nunn stated.
He went on to explain legislation he co-wrote with Senator Richard Lugar (R Indiana) that provides incentives for the Russian Federation to control and eventually reduce their weapons stockpiles.
"So far we have helped them destroy 3,800 warheads, 276 submarine- launched weapons, 597 ICBM silos, and 53 bombers, and we have helped supplement (the income of) 19,000 technicians," Nunn said.
Nunn also discussed America's role on the Korean peninsula. According to Nunn, America must be certain that the North Korean government knows that the United States will back South Korea to the fullest in any potential conflict.
Senator Nunn also related his experiences from a recent trip to Pyongyang. On that trip, Nunn told the North Koreans that while immediate aid in response to the North Korean famine will be forthcoming, America will not guarantee long-term aid.
Tuesday's lecture was the first of a series sponsored by the Callahan Fund for Defense Technology and Operations Research. The next Distinguished Lecture in the series will be held in the spring.