Extending the Nuclear Taboo
Center for Emergent Diplomacy President Dr. Merle Lefkoff and physicist Dr. James Bradbury co-convened and facilitated a series of 3 back-channel nuclear non-proliferation meetings in Santa Fe, NM. They welcomed delegates from Iran, Israel, the Korean Peninsula and international policy think tanks among others.
The group explored many themes including the reality that the “nuclear taboo” operates in a complex adaptive system with many dimensions. Political, economic, social and moral ideologies all play a part in the complex nuclear system with many different agents acting around the world in national governments, civil society, activists and private sectors.
While we observe Chatham House rules and cannot publicly name our delegates, all delegates agreed that a continuation of our innovative dialogue process around the issue of the nuclear taboo was especially important in light of the continuing standoff with North Korea. We at the center are celebrating with the rest of the world the extraordinary accomplishment of the Secretary of State John Kerry. The goal of the next round of the Center's meetings is to continue the robust discussion about recent research in the collective psychology and moral motivation surrounding the "nuclear taboo".
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