The Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action will host the webinar “The War in Ukraine: Russia, the United States, NATO and nuclear danger” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link to attend. Visit peacecoalition.org to register.
Zia Mian and Ray Acheson will be the presenters for a webinar.
The Science and Global Security Program (SGS) at Princeton University developed a new simulation for a plausible escalating war between the United States and Russia using realistic nuclear force postures, targets, and fatality estimates. It is estimated that there would be more than 90 million people dead and injured within the first few hours of the conflict.
Mian, the co-director of the SGS program, was an expert participant in the study. He was appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in January. In 2014, he received the Linus Pauling Legacy Award for “his accomplishments as a scientist and as a peace activist in contributing to the global effort for nuclear disarmament and for a more peaceful world.” He received the American Physical Society’s 2019 Leo Szilard Award “for promoting global peace and nuclear disarmament, particularly in South Asia, through academic research, public speaking, technical and popular writing and organizing efforts to ban nuclear weapons.” In 2021, Mian was named a fellow of the American Physical Society for “promoting global nuclear risk reduction and disarmament through academic research, public speaking, technical and popular writing, and organizing efforts.”
Acheson is the director of Reaching Critical Will. The organization provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament issues from an antimilitarist feminist perspective. Acheson is on the steering committees of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, and the International Network on Explosive Weapons. He earned his bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in politics from the New School for Social Research. He is currently a visiting research collaborator at Princeton University. He previously worked for the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies.
“We encourage the public to register for this webinar to learn more about the increased nuclear weapon danger and how to reduce it,” said Coalition for Peace Action Executive Director Bob Moore. “Putin’s decision to put Russia’s nuclear weapons on high alert, simply because he was upset that the West said things he disliked, is the height of irresponsibility and could potentially lead to miscalculation and escalation toward nuclear war.”