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Daisy Newsletter
February 2010

Take Action 

Encourage U.S. Commitment to Renewable Energy 
 
Nuclear weapons and nuclear energy are inextricably linked, and to realize a world free from the global nuclear threat, we must also emphasize the need for renewable energy.  To this end, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was established in Bonn on January 26, 2009.  To date, 141 countries (including the U.S.) have signed the statute.  In her article in yes! magazine, "A Global Push for Renewable Energy," Alice Slater, NY Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Convener of the Abolition 2000 Sustainable Energy Working Group, discusses the goals of IRENA and explains how this will decrease our dependence on fossil fuels without resorting to nuclear energy. 
 
Contact President Obama and your Members of Congress and encourage them to remain committed to the goals of IRENA.
In the News

On Jaunary 14th, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists adjusted the Doomsday Clock from 5 minutes to 6 minutes to midnight.  This shift represents the increased international cooperation towards reducing nuclear arsenals.

Congratulations to Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana), voted Arms Control Person of the Year.

The Middle Powers Initiative hosted the "Atlanta Consultation III: Fulfilling the NPT" at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA on January 20-22.  The conference brought together about eighty diplomats, parlimentarians, and NGO representatives from some thirty countries to coordinate strategies to achieve success at the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

Spotlight

General David H. Petraeus

Petraeusis the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force in Iraq.  He led the surge in Iraq, where a change in tactics backed by an influx of about 30,000 additional U.S. service members seized the initiative from the insurgents. Petraeus  assumed command of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) in October 2008. He was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974, and he has MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
 
General Petraeus recently addressed The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), the interdisciplinary policy research arm of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.  Rather than giving a prepared speech, General Petraeus engaged in a dialogue by answering student questions.  Some of the topics discussed included tactics and strategies used in the Iraq surge, how to apply lessons learned in Iraq to Afghanistan, and how to measure success.  Current topics in international affairs were also addressed, such as the increase in Al Qaeda activity in Yemen and the possibility military action in Iran.
 
Watch & Listen to Video
Features

"Bomb North Korea" - Joseph Cirincione
"Engage North Korea" - Stephen Bosworth
 
 
Joe CirincioneStephen ColbertStephen Boswoth
Nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament can be a serious business indeed.  For a bit of comic relief on the
subject, check out the
interview with Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, on a recent episode of "The Colbert Report."  Colbert later interviewed Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, who expressed his views on North Korea.  Colbert manages to communicate the major threat that nuclear proliferation poses to the U.S. with some levity in a forum that reaches the masses.  
 
 
Op-Ed: "Strengthening the Nonproliferation Pillar"

In light of the upcoming Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference scheduled to convene in May, the next several Daisy Alliance newsletters will be devoted to analyzing the substantive issues that may present a challenge to achieving consensus. The NPT consists of three pillars: nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful use. This month's topic is "Strengthening the Nonproliferation Pillar," a key area of concern to nuclear weapons states that significantly affects their willingness to comply with disarmament obligations, and is viewed by many as the backbone of the NPT. 

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