Nuclear Expert to Discuss Russian, Korean Threats

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Former U.S. diplomat Mark Fitzpatrick will offer a close examination of the nuclear threats presented by Russia and other foreign nations Thursday, Feb. 23 during the Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series presented by Columbus State University’s Department of Politics, Philosophy and Public Administration.

A leading expert on nuclear issues, Fitzpatrick served in the State Department for 26 years before joining the International Institute for Strategic Studies to run the institute's Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme. Among other works, he is the author of “Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan,” “Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers,” and “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Worst-Case Outcomes.” He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Minnesota.

On Thursday, he will discuss "The Greatest Nuclear Threats to the U.S.,” noting how Moscow’s nuclear arsenal -- the largest in the world -- has long been directed at the U.S. and its allies, and how recent interactions have sparked renewed nuclear sabre-rattling by the Kremlin.

Fitzpatrick, however, will argue that the gravest nuclear challenges are to be found in North Korea and South Asia. Pyongyang’s accelerated nuclear and missile tests demonstrate an intention, or at least an ability, to hit the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Cunningham Conference Center on CSU's main campus.

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