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Diplomacy in a Dangerous World: A Conversation with Senators
Richard Lugar & Sam Nunn

The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which became law in 1992, is credited with deactivating more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States. Now the two U.S. Senators who authored this landmark legislation, Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn, will appear together in a public conversation at UIndy Feb. 25 to talk about their work.

The discussion, moderated by NPR's Steve Inskeep, will examine current threats around the world posed by weapons of mass destruction and explore how the senators’ framework can continue to reduce these dangers and inform global diplomacy. The event is presented by UIndy and WFYI Public Media, with support from accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller.

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In partnership with WFYI Public Media, the conversation will be webcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. You can access the live feed on this page. An edited version will make its broadcast debut at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, on WFYI 1 Public Television.

About the participants

The two former senators have received multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations for their work in crafting the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. Their discussion at UIndy will examine current threats around the world, as well as the future of U.S. relations with such nations as Iran, Russia and North Korea. This will be their first public appearance together since a 20th anniversary symposium on the reduction program in 2012.

Lugar, who represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 2013, is president of the Lugar Center in Washington, D.C., and a distinguished professor at UIndy, which is home to the Richard G. Lugar Academy and its leadership programs for college and high school students.

Nunn represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 1972 to 1996 and currently serves as co-chairman and chief executive officer of the D.C.-based Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Inskeep, a Carmel native, is an author and award-winning journalist who has reported from around the world. Since 2004 he has hosted the nation’s most widely heard radio news show, Morning Edition, which airs locally from 5 to 10 a.m. weekdays on WFYI Public Radio.