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PONI Live Debate: U.S. No First Use

"Resolved: The United States should adopt a no first use nuclear policy."


Mr. Walt Slocombe, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy


Mr. Jack Mendelsohn, former Deputy Director of the Arms Control Association

Wednesday, September 10, 6-8pm
Second Floor Hess Room
Center for Strategic and International Studies 
1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036

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The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is pleased to invite you to a live debate about whether or not the United States should adopt a "no first use" nuclear policy.

No first use is a policy in which a state refrains from the use of nuclear weapons as a means of warfare and aggression unless the state is first attacked using nuclear weapons. Does a no first use nuclear policy align with the nuclear posture and strategic interests of the United States? Mr. Walt Slocombe and Mr. Jack Mendelsohn will debate whether or not the U.S. should adopt a no first use policy in the next PONI Live Debate.

PONI’s ongoing live debate series aims to provide a forum for in-depth exploration of the arguments on both sides of key nuclear policy issues. Live debates provide a place for nuanced, interactive discussions that often get lost in the talking points.

Please join us on September 10 for what promises to be an exciting debate on a crucial issue. The event will be held in on the Second Floor Hess Room of CSIS, located at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW. A reception will begin at 6pm, followed by the debate from 6:30pm-8pm. 

This debate will also be webcast live as a “webinar.” Watch online September 10 at 6:30pm; Viewers can ask questions of the debaters in real-time by emailing

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