On January 4, 2012, CNAS hosted a book launch for "The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb" by award-winning journalist Philip Taubman. During the event, Taubman shed light on one of the most divisive security issues facing Washington today and tell the story of the unlikely efforts of five key Cold War players to eliminate the nuclear arsenal they helped create. David Sanger, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, interviewed Taubman, followed by Q&A with the audience.
The Partnership tells the little-known story of a campaign by five men - Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Sam Nunn, William Perry, and the renowned Stanford physicist Sidney Drell - to reduce the threat of a nuclear attack and, ultimately, eliminate nuclear weapons altogether. It is an intimate look at these men, the origins of their unlikely joint effort and their dealings with President Obama and other world leaders. Taubman urges Americans to turn their attention to an issue that has the potential to alter the world order. He provides an important and timely story of science, history and friendship - of five men who have decided the time has come to dismantle the nuclear kingdom they worked to build.
About the Speakers
Philip Taubman worked for The New York Times for 30 years as a reporter and editor, inculding as chief of both the Washington and Moscow bureaus and deputy editorial page editor. He was twice awarded the George Polk Award - for National Reporting in 1981 and for Foreign Affairs Reporting in 1983. Since retiring from the Times in 2008, he has been a consulting professor at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation.
David Sanger is Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. In nearly three decades at the paper, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has received many of journalism's top awards for national security, foreign policy and White House reporting. He specializes in coverage of nuclear proliferation and American national security policy. He is also the author of the best-selling book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, which Sanger wrote as a writer in residence at the Center for a New American Security. While he is at work on a successor book, Sanger is the first National Security and the Press fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.