Challenging the Myths

October 5, 2010 • 4:00 – 6:00 pm EDT

A Transatlantic Debate on Nuclear Power and the Civil-Military Dilemma

Challenging the Myths

A Transatlantic Debate on Nuclear Power and the Civil-Military Dilemma

Tuesday, October 5, 12:00-2:00 pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies
4th Floor Conference Room

1800 K Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006 

The pervasive view both inside and outside of the United States is that the world is experiencing a nuclear revival. Often nuclear power is branded as a reliable and secure energy source that helps to transition towards a low-carbon economy. Proponents of nuclear power portray it as the necessary bridging technology to the solar age. How valid are these arguments?

Different perspectives challenge this view. Revealing its costs makes clear that nuclear energy is not competitive in the free market economy without heavy government support. More nuclear power will hinder the growth of renewable energy technologies and will postpone the investments in wind, solar, and efficiency technologies. In addition, there are serious security concerns about civil use of nuclear power and its proliferation dangers.

The Heinrich Boell Foundation has asked renowned international experts to deliver facts to challenge the myths of “peaceful” nuclear energy. Please join us for the release of this new report, co-hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America:


Michele Boyd, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Antony Froggatt, Chatham House

Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center


Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Sharon Squassoni