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William J. Perry

CISAC launches new initiative to reduce nuclear risks

News / June 16, 2010
William Perry, former secretary of defense, and Siegfried Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, have joined forces to launch the Nuclear Risk Reduction initiative to address the changing nuclear threat following the end of the Cold War and the rise of international terrorism. The project is based at FSI's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), which Hecker co-directs.
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Nuclear review shows bipartisanship

Commentary / April 14, 2010
The release last week of the Obama administration's Nuclear Posture Review brings long overdue attention to the vital issue of U.S. strategic posture. Issues raised in the NPR and START have reinvigorated a crucial national nuclear dialogue that has been missing, William Perry and James Schlesinger write in Politico, the influential web site and newspaper.
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CISAC experts command airwaves as Obama rolls out nuclear agenda

News / April 13, 2010
With the release of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, the signing of the new START Treaty and President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit, it's been a memorable time for CISAC's security experts, many of whom played prominent as well as behind-the-scenes roles in negotiations related to these events, as ongoing news coverage reveals.
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CISAC's Perry to head congressional commission examining nation's strategic weapons posture

News / March 25, 2008
Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry, co-director of CISAC's Preventive Defense Project, has been named chair of a Congressional bipartisan commission nominated March 19 to examine America's strategic military posture, including the "appropriate role" of nuclear weapons.
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First William J. Perry International Security Fellowship endowed at CISAC

News / December 17, 2007

CISAC has endowed its first William J. Perry International Security Fellowship with $1 million in private donations. The fellowship is one of several visiting positions for pre- and postdoctoral researchers that CISAC plans to establish in honor of Perry, the 19th U.S. secretary of defense and former CISAC co-director.

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In search of a North Korea policy

Commentary / November 30, 2006
"North Korea's declared nuclear bomb test program will increase the incentives for other nations to go nuclear, will endanger security in the region and could ultimately result in nuclear terrorism," CISAC's William J. Perry, former defense secretary, writes in the Washington Post. The test, he says, establishes North Korea as a nuclear power and demonstrates the failure of the Bush administration's policy toward the nation--a policy Perry describes as "a strange combination of harsh rhetoric and inaction."
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If necessary, strike and destroy North Korean missile: op-ed

Commentary / June 22, 2006
North Korean technicians are reportedly in the final stages of fueling a long-range ballistic missile that some experts estimate can deliver a deadly payload to the United States. If North Korea persists in its launch preparations, the United States should immediately make clear its intention to strike and destroy the North Korean Taepodong missile before it can be launched. That is the opinion of CISAC's William J. Perry and Harvard colleague Ashton B. Carter, defense secretary and assistant defense secretary, respectively, under President William Clinton, writing in the Washington Post.
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Research worth fighting for

Commentary / April 13, 2005
"Of the Pentagon's $419.3 billion budget request for next year, only about $10.5 billion--2 percent--will go toward basic research, applied research and advanced technology development," write %people1% and John M. Deutch, former secretary and assistant secretary of defense, respectively, in a New York Times op-ed. This 20 percent reduction will weaken national security in the long run, they warn, adding, "Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should reconsider this request, and if he does not, Congress should restore the cut."
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Perry urges U.S. leadership in reducing nuclear terror threat

News / February 16, 2005
SIIS Senior Fellow William J. Perry warned that the United States is headed toward the "catastrophe" of terrorists using a nuclear bomb to attack an American city, unless the nation takes preventive measures. Speaking at the second annual summit of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the former defense secretary urged U.S. leadership through its nuclear policy and expansion of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program.
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New professorship on contemporary Korea honors William J. Perry

News / May 17, 2004
A $2 million gift honoring Professor William J. Perry, from telecommunications entrepreneur Jeong H. Kim, will create a new professorship on contemporary Korea to be established jointly by the Stanford Institute for International Studies (SIIS) and the School of Humanities and Sciences.
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It's either nukes or negotiation

Commentary / July 24, 2003
In a Washington Post editorial, William J. Perry warns that North Korea could soon be in serial production of nuclear weapons and asserts that a successful policy of negotiation would combine a positive dimension - to reward - with a coercive dimension to induce North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
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