Former US Defense Secretary Bill Perry addresses Atomic Reporters press briefing


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. Perry released his new book entitled My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, available through Stanford University Press here
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In June, as a side event to the Comprehensive Test-Ban-Treaty Organisation’s Science and Technology Conference 2015, Atomic Reporters invited Bill Perry, Lord Desmond Browne and Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, to brief journalists on their view of the most pressing nuclear issues of the day.

 

Listen to a recording released to coincide with the publication of Perry’s “My Journey At The Nuclear Brink.”

 

Biographical information about the speakers

William Perry

William Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution, and serves as Director of the Preventive Defense Project. William Perry was the 19th Secretary of Defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993-1994) and as Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977-1981)
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From left to right at head of table, Alexander Kmentt, Des Browne, Bill Perry.

Lord Desmond Browne

Lord Browne of Ladyton (Des Browne) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010
. In 2006, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence and, from 2007 to 2008, he combined this role with the role of Secretary of State for Scotland. From October 2009 until March 2014, he was Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multi-Lateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. Since 2014, Lord Browne has served as the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Vice Chairman.

Ambassador Alexander Kmentt

Ambassador Alexander Kmentt is an Austrian diplomat with a specialisation on non-proliferation and disarmament issues. He has previously served as a Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO)
. Previous disarmament responsibilities in the Austrian Foreign Ministry include Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Deputy Director for Disarmament Affairs. During the Austrian European Union (EU) Presidency in 2006, he chaired the EU Working Group on Non- Proliferation.

Recording released to coincide with the publication of Perry’s “My Journey At The Nuclear Brink.”  [in three parts]