Senator Richard Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn to destroy these weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States. He currently serves as president of the Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on nuclear non- proliferation, food security, foreign aid effectiveness, and other critical issues.
During the Cold War era, Lugar worked with psychiatrist-physician David Hamburg on the early prevention of conflict. The two came to AAAS Headquarters in June to discuss Hamburg's new book Give Peace a Chance: Preventing Mass Violence. In this video, Lugar talks about his work with Hamburg and recalls WMD talks with Soviet commanders.
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