Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker: ‘Doomed To Cooperate’ Jan. 23

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, Stanford University

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will present a Los Alamos public lecture about how American and Russian Nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War Dangers.

The free lecture is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will discuss how nuclear risks changed dramatically when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991. Suddenly the world was threatened more by Russia’s weakness than its strength.

Never before had a country with the capacity to destroy the world experience such dramatic political, economic and cultural turmoil. The United States and much of the world was concerned about loose nukes, loose nuclear materials, loose nuclear experts and uncontrolled nuclear exports.

Dr. Hecker will describe how scientists and engineers at Los Alamos and other DOE nuclear laboratories joined forces with those at the Russian nuclear weapon institues for more than 20 years to avoid what looked like the perfect storm. Dr. Hecker also will reflect on how today’s strained political relations between Washington and Moscow have curtailed that cooperation to the determinent of a safer and more secure world.