UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 03 | Feb.
U.S. nuclear policy focus of conference
Missile defense system subject of international debate
A conference to be held at UBC Feb. 15-17 will
debate the merits
of a missile defense system designed to defend the United States
The conference, entitled The Impact of National Missile Defense (NMD)
on Global Nuclear Policy, will take place at the Liu Centre for the Study of
Global Issues. It is hosted by the centre and the Simons Foundation.
"Since it is clear that in the fairly near term Canada will be asked to
participate in NMD in some fashion, our nation's policymakers and
attentive public must examine whether the American perspectives and national
interests driving this program are congruent with the Canadian world view and
policy objectives," says Lloyd Axworthy, director and chief executive
officer of the Liu Centre.
Expert opinion in the United States is sharply divided on virtually every issue
related to NMD, including, but not limited to, its very technical
Supporters say it would protect the U.S. from ballistic missile attacks
and would preserve the nation's capability to project military power around the
world without risking harm to American troops and assets.
The conference will include a roundtable discussion with experts from across
Canada, the United States, China, Russia and India. A public forum will take
place on Feb. 16 from 7-9 p.m. at SFU Harbour Centre's Morris J. Wosk
Centre for Dialogue.
A comprehensive report will be issued in the early spring and posted on the
Liu Centre Web site at www.liucentre.ubc.ca.
The Simons Foundation actively promotes education in peace,
cooperation, human rights and social justice issues.