“Are We Safe Yet? Vulnerability and
Security in an Anxious Age”
September 18-19, 2008
Sergio de Queiroz Duarte is the United Nations’ first High Representative for Disarmament, with the rank of undersecretary-general.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Duarte is a career diplomat who has served in the Brazilian foreign service for more than 40 years. He has served as his country’s ambassador to Nicaragua, Canada, China, and Austria. He has a long-standing interest in nuclear weapon and disarmament issues, having served as governor for Brazil at the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including one term as chairman of the board of governors of IAEA, as Brazilian ambassador-at-large for disarmament and non-proliferation, as president of the 2005 U.N. conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, among others.
A graduate in public administration from the Brazilian School of Public Administration in Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Duarte also holds a degree in law from Rio’s Federal Fluminense University.
The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., is an author, parliamentarian, and diplomat. A native of Montreal, Quebec, he served as a member of the Canadian parliament from 1972 to 1984. He was appointed to the Canadian senate in 1998 and served in that capacity until 2004. Throughout his political career, Mr. Roche has specialized in peace and human security issues. He is currently chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative, an international network of eight non-governmental organizations specializing in nuclear disarmament issues.
The author of nineteen books, including Global Conscience (2007) and The Human Right to Peace (2003), Mr. Roche holds honorary doctorates from seven Canadian and American universities and has received numerous awards for his work for peace and non-violence. Named a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Holy See in 1998, he has served as a special advisor on disarmament and security to the Vatican’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly since that time.
Scott Bader-Saye is an associate professor of theological ethics at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. from Duke University, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and an A.B. from Davidson College. His most recent publication is Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (Brazos, 2007), which Publishers Weekly called “cogently argued and elegantly written.” In addition to teaching, Prof. Bader-Saye serves as abbot of Peacemeal, an emerging Episcopal community in Scranton.
Naila Bolus is the executive director of Ploughshares Fund, a public grantmaking foundation with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., focused on preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons and promoting regional stability. Prior to joining Ploughshares, she was co-director of 20/20 Vision, a national grassroots organization dedicated to revitalizing democracy. She helped found WiLL, the Women Legislators’ Lobby, and has served as legislative director for WAND, Women’s Action for New Directions. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University.
Paul Bracken is professor of management and professor of political science at the Yale School of Management. A leading expert in global competition and the strategic application of technology in business and defense, his most recent book (with I. Bremmer and D. Gordon) is Managing Strategic Surprise: Lessons from Risk Assessment and Risk Management (Cambridge University Press, 2008). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and the Transformation Advisory Group of the U.S. Joint Forces Command. Prof. Bracken holds a Ph.D. from Yale and a B.S. from Columbia.
Jonathan Granoff is president of the Global Security Institute, a Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to strengthening international cooperation and security. He is also co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and senior advisor to its National Security Committee of the International Law Section. He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards, and is the author of numerous articles and essays, including “Nuclear Weapons Ethics, Morals and Law” (Brigham Young University Law Review, vol. 2000, no. 4) and “The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and its 2005 Review Conference: A Legal and Political Analysis” (New York University Journal of Law and Politics, vol. 39, no. 4, 2007). He holds a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School.
Raag Rolfsen is the head of the department of education and research for the Norwegian military chaplaincy, and is the leader of the Commission on International Affairs for the Church of Norway’s Council on Ecumenical and International Relations. He has a seat in the National Board, Attac Norway, and is a member of the Reference Group on Globalization for the World Council of Churches. Currently at work on a doctoral degree on Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy, he holds degrees in theology from the Norwegian School of Theology and in philosophy from the University of Oslo. His most recent publication is the forthcoming “Etikk og militaermakt” (“Ethics and Military Force”), written with Nils Terje Lunde.
Jonathan Schell is a senior fellow with The Nation Institute. He was a staff writer for the The New Yorker magazine, from 1967 to 1987; while there, he was the principal author of the Notes and Comment section. The author of more than a dozen books including the seminal The Fate of the Earth (Knopf, 1982) and The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Power of the People (Metropolitan, 2003), his most recent work is The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger (Metropolitan, 2007). A graduate of Harvard University, he was a distinguished visiting fellow at Yale’s Center for the Study of Globalization in 2005 and is currently a visiting lecturer in international relations at Yale College.
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson serves as Director of the Two Futures Project. An author and ordained Baptist preacher with nearly a decade of experience in nuclear weapons issues, he also directs policy for Faithful Security, a national multi-faith coalition working to reduce the nuclear threat, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Global Security Institute and the Steering Committee for Evangelicals for Human Rights.
Tyler formerly served as Study Assistant to John Stott and Projects Director for the late U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. His writing has appeared in publications including Relevant, Christianity Today, Sojourners, YouthWorker Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor, and he is the guest contributing editor of the nuclear-focus Spring 2009 Yale Divinity School journal, Reflections. He is also the author of Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumerist Age (Seabury 2007). A graduate of Swarthmore College and Yale Divinity School, he currently lives in Nashville with his wife, Natalie.