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William J. Perry
Journal Articles

A MOOC With Meaning

William J. Perry, Sarah A. Sadlier, Kiran Sridhar
Inside Higher Ed , 2017

Under the sponsorship of Stanford University, we designed a massive open online course (MOOC) to raise public consciousness about the past, present, and future dangers of nuclear weapons. Most individuals—and many policymakers—remain blissfully unaware that risks such as nuclear terrorism, a regional nuclear war, or a nuclear conflict started by accident are higher today than during the Cold War. Our course, Living at the Nuclear Brink: Yesterday and Today, successfully appealed to a broad audience and increased discourse about this existential threat facing humankind.

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Books

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

William J. Perry, William J. Perry
Stanford University Press , 2016

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink is a continuation of William J. Perry's efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe. It tells the story of his coming of age in the nuclear era, his role in trying to shape and contain it, and how his thinking has changed about the threat these weapons pose.
  

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Commentary

Iran's Path to Nuclear Peace

Siegfried Hecker, William Perry
The New York Times , 2014

CISAC and FSI Senior Fellows Siegfried Hecker and Bill Perry write in this OpEd in The New York Times that Iran has little to show for its 50-year pursuit of a nuclear program. They argue Iran should forego the bomb and concentrate on learning how to build nuclear power plants that would aid their country's economy and promote international cooperation.

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Commentary

My Personal Journey at the Nuclear Brink

William J. Perry
European Leadership Network , 2013

CISAC Faculty Member and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry tells the story of how he became a nuclear weapons abolitionist. He recounts six personal experiences that led him to turn away from his lifelong career of developing and managing nuclear weapons, and pursue the goal of eliminating them.

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Books

Foreword

William Perry
Stanford University Press in "Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament" , 2011
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Testimonies

The Historical and Modern Context for U.S.-Russian Arms Control

William Perry
, 2010

Statement of William J. Perry regarding submission of the New START for consent and ratification

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

April 29, 2010

Chairman Kerry and Ranking Member Lugar, thank you for this opportunity to appear before you and other members of this distinguished Committee to discuss ratification for the New START Treaty.

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Policy Briefs

Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists: A Framework for Assessment

William J. Perry, Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention and Other National Goals
National Academies Press , 2008

All U.S. agencies with counterterrorism programs that collect or "mine" personal data -- such as phone records or Web sites visited -- should be required to evaluate the programs' effectiveness, lawfulness, and impacts on privacy. A framework is offered that agencies can use to evaluate such information-based programs, both classified and unclassified. The book urges Congress to re-examine existing privacy law to assess how privacy can be protected in current and future programs and recommends that any individuals harmed by violations of

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Policy Briefs

Day After, The: Action in the 24 Hours Following a Nuclear Blast

Ashton B. Carter, Michael M. May, William J. Perry
Preventive Defense Project, Harvard and Stanford Universities , 2007
On April 19, 2007, the Preventive Defense Project convened a workshop of leading federal government civilian and military officials, scientists, policy experts, and journalists to address the actions that can and should be taken in the 24 hours following a nuclear blast in a U.S. city.

Through efforts like the Nunn-Lugar program, the U.S. government and many of the Day After Workshop participants, including us, have long sought to prevent nuclear weapons and fissile materials from falling into new and threatening hands, especially terrorists.

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Testimonies

Situation in Iraq and the Administration's Strategy, The

William J. Perry
U.S. Senate, Armed Services Committee , 2007

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 27, 2007, on the situation in Iraq and the Bush administration's strategy. The full committee heard testimony from William Perry, co-director of the Preventive Defense Project at CISAC and former secretary of defense; Ambassador Dennis B. Ross, counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, former director for policy planning in the Department of State, and former special Middle East coordinator; and General John M. Keane (retired, U.S. Army), former Army vice chief of staff.

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Testimonies

Alternative Perspectives on Iraq

William J. Perry
U.S. House of Representatives, Armed Services Committee , 2007

Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee on alternative perspectives on the president's strategy for Iraq. The full committee heard from the following witnesses: William J. Perry, CISAC; Lawrence J. Korb, Center for American Progress; and Frederick W. Kagan, American Enterprise Institute.

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Policy Briefs

Iraq Study Group Report, The

James A. Baker III, Lee H. Hamilton, Robert M. Gates, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Edwin Meese III, Sandra Day O'Connor, Leon E. Panetta, William J. Perry, Charles S. Robb, Alan K. Simpson
United States Institute of Peace , 2006

The Iraq Study Group, convened at the urging of Congress with White House agreement, made a forward-looking, independent assessment of the current and prospective situation on the ground in Iraq and how it affects the surrounding region as well as U.S. interests. The study group examined four broad topics:

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Journal Articles

Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises

William J. Perry
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science , 2006

To reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism, we must prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons or materials. This will require, among other things, a sustained effort to keep dangerous nations from going nuclear--in particular North Korea. This article reviews the efforts the United States has undertaken through the years to keep North Korea from building a nuclear arsenal, arguing that the history of proliferation on the Korean Peninsula is marked by five nuclear crises.

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Books

Preventive Defense: A New Security Strategy for America

Ashton B. Carter, William J. Perry
Brookings Institution Press , 1999

The end of the Cold War left the United States in the fortunate position of facing no imminent threat of global war. But it also left the United States in a strategic vacuum, with no organizing principle for its national security. This book proposes a security strategy for the 21st century based on preventing new major threats to U.S. security from emerging.

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Policy Briefs

NATO After Madrid: Looking to the Future

Coit D. Blacker, Ashton B. Carter, Warren Christopher, David A. Hamburg, William J. Perry
The Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project , 1999

This report and the conference it is based on are motivated by the sharp debate stemming from NATO's decision at Madrid to invite three new members to join its ranks. This debate is not partisan: it cleaves parties. It is profound because it has kindled the first truly geostrategic inquiry among Americans in the post-Cold War era. This inquiry has led Americans to advance from celebrating the end of the Cold War to confronting the design of Eurasia's future security system and America's role in it.

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Working Papers

Content of U.S. Engagement with China (Volume 1, Number 2), The

William J. Perry, Ashton B. Carter
The Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project , 1998
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Policy Briefs

Ending the Threat of Nuclear Attack

James E. Goodby, Harold Feiveson, George Shultz, William J. Perry
CISAC , 1997

Late last year, we noted the tenth anniversary of what was probably the most remarkable of all the meetings between an American president and his Soviet counterpart, the Reykjavik Summit of October 1986. History has shown that Reykjavik was a true turning point. Three major treaties between the United States and the Soviet Union were negotiated by the end of 1992; they resulted in substantially reduced levels of nuclear weapons. That happened as the Cold War was ending and, as the Russians say, it was no coincidence.

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Working Papers

Soviet Defense Conversion - Problems and Opportunities

William J. Perry
CISAC , 1991

In August 1991, the people of Moscow and Leningrad demonstrated to the world that democracy is an idea whose time had come for the Soviet Union. As a result, the Soviet
government received a mandate for political reform. This reform, if successful, will result in a political system that will be very different from any that the people in the Soviet Union have ever known-a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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