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Daisy Alliance Lecture Series

Spotlight on Nuclear Weapons Issues

Beginning in September 2022, Daisy Alliance will be hosting a monthly virtual lecture series.  Each month will feature a different speaker highlighting salient issues in international security, nuclear weapons policy, and nuclear arms control.  We pull from our network of scholars and activists to bring you diverse views on topics such as the war in Ukraine, China’s nuclear weapons policies, nuclear weapons through the lens of competition and power, and the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.  These zoom lectures are free and open to the public—we look forward to seeing you each month!  

For more information or to register for a lecture, email Holly Lindamood at


Tuesday, October 18, 2022       12:00pm EST

UKY Student Panel

Cancel That: What young people think about nuclear weapons

Tuesday, November 15, 2022       12:00pm EST

October's talk will feature a student panel comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.  This talk will examine youth views on the threat we face today from nuclear weapons and how we can reduce that risk.

Dr. Chuck Powell

On High Alert: An insider's perspective on US nuclear posture

Dr. Powell will discuss his experience as an Air Force officer with joint authority over up to 150 nuclear warheads.  His unique insider perspective will delve into the number, distribution, and consequences of nuclear weapons and address what we can do to reduce the mortal threat nuclear weapons pose.  Dr. Powell is an expert in organizational development, leadership, and change.  Keep an eye out for his thought-provoking and poignant posts on the Daisy Alliance blog.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022       12:00pm EST


Past Talks

Dr. Martin Hellman on National Insecurity: Rethinking our fundamental assumptions about national security, September 13, 2022  

Click here to view Dr. Hellman's talk

In his talk, Dr. Hellman discussed how our thinking on national security is mired in assumptions from the pre-nuclear era that are dangerously obsolete today.  He examined a number of such assumptions and applied them to the war in Ukraine.  Dr. Hellman is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and a long-time expert and activist in the field of nuclear arms control.  His current project, Rethinking National Security, questions the assumptions that form the foundation of our thinking on national security.

Learn more about Dr. Hellman's work

Rethinking National Security

An Existential Discussion: What is the probability of nuclear war?

The Technologies Imperative for Ethical Evolution

A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet

Playing Russian Roulette in Ukraine

Additional publications by Dr. Hellman