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Please join the Atlantic Council’s New American Engagement Initiative on Thursday, March 11, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EST for an event featuring Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA 33rd District) in conversation with Alexandra Toma, the executive director of the Peace and Security Funders Group.

In the second event in the Future Foreign Policy series, Rep. Ted Lieu will join Alexandra Toma for a conversation about presidential authority to initiate the use of nuclear weapons and the future of US nuclear weapons policy. What are the dangers associated with granting the President near-unconstrained power to launch nuclear weapons, and what does Rep. Lieu propose to improve the system? What is the role of nuclear weapons in US national security policy and how should that role be modified to adjust to the realities of modern conflict?

The Future Foreign Policy series aims to foster discussions that touch on some of the key underlying assumptions that have guided US foreign policy, and engage in a critical assessment of the policies that flow from these core assumptions. By embracing new perspectives, and featuring next-generation foreign policy leaders, NAEI’s organizers hope to expand the US toolkit to solve traditional threats, confront emerging challenges, and enable greater and more robust global engagement. To this end, our invitees bring much-needed diversity into the national security dialogue. The speakers include not only those from traditionally underrepresented groups in Washington foreign policy circles, but also those who represent a range of viewpoints.


Hon. Ted Lieu
United States Representative (D-CA 33rd District)

In conversation with

Alexandra Toma
Executive Director, Peace and Security Funders Group

Introduced by

Q&A moderated by

Closing remarks by