Dr. Hans Blix and Secretary George P. Shultz discuss the importance for the world's powers to look at issues of nuclear nonproliferation and security as pieces of the same puzzle.
For more than forty years, Dr. Hans Blix has worked on issues involving global disarmament. He currently serves as Chair of the Swedish government’s Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, but is perhaps best-known for his role as the chief U.N. inspector in search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz has recently co-authored a series of essays in The Wall Street Journal advocating for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Dr. Hans Blix
Hans Blix is a Swedish diplomat and politician. He was Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (1978 - 1979). Blix was also the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission from January 2000 to June 2003, when he was succeeded by Demetrius Perricos. In 2002, the commission began searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, ultimately finding none.
George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth U.S. Secretary of State and served until January 20, 1989. In January 1989, he rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He is a member of the board of directors of Fremont Group and Accretive Health. He is chairman of the J. P. Morgan Chase International Council and chairman of the Accenture Energy Advisory Board. He is also chairman of the California Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and co-chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger.
He was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on January 19, 1989. He also received the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service (2001), and the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002). He is the recipient of the Elliot Richardson Prize for Excellence and Integrity in Public Service, The James H. Doolittle Award, and the John Witherspoon Medal for Distinguished Statesmanship.
The George Shultz National Foreign Service Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, was dedicated on May 29, 2002.
Jane Wales is vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Previously, Wales was a special assistant to President Clinton, senior director of the National Security Council, and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She also chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Wales is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Committee Hans Blix recalls during the period leading up to the Iraq war, international weapons inspectors had determined Iraq did not have nuclear weapons capability.
Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz argues that even without nuclear weapons, Iraq would have been a source of other security problems had the United States not declared war.