14.00 – 17.00 MARCH 23 / CITY HALL THE HAGUE


How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? Are we on the brink of a new arms race — or worse, nuclear war? These questions and more will be answered on March 23rd at the Nuclear Security Sessions, organised by the international technology festival Border Sessions. The Nuclear Security Sessions is a special public side-event touching on the same themes as the Nuclear Security Summit and presents a varied international programme with literature, debates, inspiring speakers and artists.

With, among others, bestselling author and journalist Eric Schlosser who will present his new book Command and Control, and nuclear expert and author

Joseph Cirincione with his distinctive views about the importance of the Summit.

Admission to the event is free of charge, but a reservation is required as there is a limited number of seats available. Reserve your tickets soon via the link below. We hope to welcome you on March 23rd.

On the 24th and 25th of March 2014 The Hague will be host to the biggest convention ever held in The Netherlands: the Nuclear Security Summit. Where 58 world leaders will discuss themes such as nuclear terrorism and nuclear security.


Moderator: Julian Borger. Diplomatic editor and nuclear expert The Guardian
13.30 – 14.00 Doors open
14.00 Opening Mayor Van Aartsen
14.00 – 14.20 Piet de Klerk (Dutch Sherpa NSS)
14.20 – 14.50 Joseph Cirincione
14.50 – 15.20 Susi Snyder (No Nukes) in conversation with Hans van Baalen (delegation leader of the VVD in the European Parliament)
15.20 – 15.50 Intermission with music by Power to the Pipo
15.50 – 16.10 Nuclear Storage Session with Annick de Vries and Frans Brom (Rathenau Institute)
16.10 – 16.30 Ben Katchor
16.30 – 17.00 Eric Schlosser interview by Ernst Jan Pfauth
17.00 Drinks reception


Eric Schlosser

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

In his recently published book Command and Control, Eric Schlosser explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? He reveals that this question has never been resolved, and while other headlines dominate the news, nuclear weapons still pose a grave risk to mankind.

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, is a writer and journalist well-known for his investigative journalism. At the Nuclear Security Sessions, Eric Schlosser will be interviewed by Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

‘The people who are most anti-nuclear are the ones who know most about it’
Read The Guardian’s interview with Eric Schlosser here.

Joseph Cirincione

Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late

In his new book Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late Joseph Cirincione surveys the best thinking and worst fears of experts specializing in nuclear warfare and assesses the efforts to reduce or eliminate these nuclear dangers. His book offers hope: global nuclear arsenals are just one-quarter of what they were during the Cold War. Yet can this trend continue, or are we on the brink of a new arms race — or worse, nuclear war?

Joseph Cirincione is President of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of  hundreds of articles on nuclear weapons issues, and books such as Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ben Katchor
At the Nuclear Security Sessions, graphic novelist Ben Katchor will read several stories that touch upon related issues behind the larger questions of fear, militarism and nationalism, approaching our central subject of Nuclear Security from a different angle.

Ben Katchor (1951, New York) is, above all else, an observer. The creator of comics and and writer of opera libretto’s is inspired by the city he lives in, but also by telephone books and the yellow pages. ‘My comics are a tribute to lost alternatives’, says Katchor. He made his debut in 1980 in the renowned magazine Raw. In 1991, his first book Cheap Novelties, The Pleasures of Urban Decay was published. His latest book Hand-Drying in America was published in 2013. He teaches at Parson’s The New School art academy and has been drawing for Metropolis Magazine since 1998.

Piet de Klerk
As the Dutch ‘sherpa’ for the Nuclear Security Summit, Piet de Klerk is the country’s lead coordinator and negotiator for the event, in charge of preparing the discussions that will be held among the 58 participating world leaders. At the Nuclear Security Sessions De Klerk will speak about his role and responsibilities as a Sherpa, giving us an insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

From 2003-2007 Mr. de Klerk was Ambassador at Large for Human Rights at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and after that (2007-2011) he was Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York. Between August 2011 and August 2013 he was the Netherlands Ambassador in Jordan. During the year 2011-2012 he was Chairman of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Susi Snyder (No Nukes) & Hans van Baalen
Susi Snyder will speak about the recent Pax publication The Rotterdam Blast: The immediate humanitarian consequences of a 12 kiloton nuclear explosion. At the Nuclear Security Sessions, Snyder will present the findings of this report, and contribute to the discussions on feasible, realistic mechanisms to prevent such a catastrophe from ever occurring, in a conversation with Dutch VVD politician Hans van Baalen.

Susi Snyder is the Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager for Pax in the Netherlands. She is an International Steering Group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Hans van Baalen is the delegation leader of the VVD in the European Parliament. In the Dutch House of Representatives, Van Baalen was a member of the Foreign Affairs commission, European Affairs commission and the Defense commission.

Rathenau Institute presents:

Nuclear Storage Session: participate!

This session is not about nuclear energy nor about nuclear weapons, but it still relates to nuclear security. This session is about a major challenge, which we have to solve together: the long-term storage of radioactive material.
Radioactive material usually is a by-product of nuclear power generations, but also of hospitals, industry and research laboratories. Because of the hazardous effects of radioactivity on humans and environment, we have to take care of a concise and secure long-term storage.
The Rathenau Institute invites you to talk, think and question the challenge of long-term storage of radioactive material. Because of its high complexity and its intergenerational effects, this is a challenge that needs to be shared with society and thought of together. Public participation is a way to realise this.
How do you want to be involved in this discussion? Do you already see some preliminary solutions to it? How can we ensure that your children and grandchildren will accept our ideas on long-term storage? This session could mark the early beginning of a long-term public participation, in which we together meet this challenge.

Frans Brom
Ethicist and philosopher Prof.dr. Frans W.A. Brom (1963) is head of the Rathenau Institute’s Technology Assessment division, since May 2007. He also is professor at the department of Philosophy/Ethics Institute of Utrecht University. Frans Brom’s research is about societal significance of scientific and technological advances, with a particular focus on the interaction between technology assessment, ethics and political philosophy.

Annick de Vries
Annick de Vries (1979) is senior researcher and project leader at the Rathenau Institute, since 2013. She has a background in economics and public administration. After finishing her PhD, she worked for several years as a Dutch consultancy firm that primarily works for the government. Just as her PhD thesis, her projects focused mainly on dealing with risks and uncertainty. Now, she is involved with projects on evidence based policy and energy technologies.

Reserve a free ticket

The Nuclear Security Sessions were held on March 23rd. You can’t apply for tickets anymore.

Practical information

The Nuclear Security Sessions will be held on Sunday March 23rd 2014, 14.00 – 17.00, doors open at 13.30. The event takes place in the City Hall of The Hague.

City Hall The Hague
Spui 70
2511 BT The Hague

Contact information
070 – 346 23 55

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