Oral history interview with Sam Nunn, 2013.
United States Senator.
Scope and Contents
Co-Chairman of Nuclear Threat Initiative. Ambition to serve as U.S. Senator and consideration to run for U.S. President; reflections on David A. Hamburg's support of Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI); proposing Risk Reductions Centers to President Ronald W. Reagan; Hamburg's role in supporting research on weapons nonproliferation; recollections of negotiations amidst fall of the Soviet Union: meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev about safety of nuclear arsenal, public protests, respect for Gorbachev's leadership; vision and development of Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program; Hamburg's invitation to join Carnegie Corporation board; serving on Carnegie Corporation board under Vartan Gregorian: respect for Hamburg's legacy; relationship of weapons nonproliferation to protection of intelligentsia in Russia and Eurasia; development of NTI and partnership with Henry A. Kissinger, George P. Shultz, William J. Perry; importance of "going to zero" and steps outlined to achieve that goal; challenges posed by current Russian leadership.
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