Munich Security Conference Side Event.
In an era of geopolitical tension, uncertainty, and technological innovation, the need for political leadership that prioritises existential risk has never been more critical. In the darkest hours of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States were able and willing to discuss and agree on measures to reduce the risk of nuclear war – Today, we must return to this diplomacy and the compartmentalisation of nuclear arms control as a global imperative.
Join The European Leadership Network (ELN) at the Munich Security Conference as we debate and discuss the need to separate existential risks, with a primary focus on nuclear arms control, from great power and geopolitical competition. Leading experts, policymakers, and those in leadership positions will discuss how to navigate this terrain and why today’s world leaders must be willing to put their heads above the parapet to secure a safer world.
The event is an official side event of the Munich Security Conference 2024. It is co-hosted by the European Leadership Network, The Elders and SALON LUITPOLD. The event will be held in English.
Jane Kinninmont, Policy & Impact Director, European Leadership Network (ELN)
Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State
Des Browne, Lord Browne of Ladyton, former UK Secretary of State for Defence
Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins
Ambassador Bonnie Denise Jenkins, PhD, has served as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security since July 22, 2021. U/S Jenkins previously served in the Obama Administration as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN).
From its inception in 2017 until April 2021, Ambassador Jenkins was the Founder, Executive Director, and Board Chair of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS), a leading advocacy organization supporting women of color in the security and peace-building sector. Amongst many other achievements, Ambassador Jenkins has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs.
Des Browne, Lord Browne of Ladyton
Des Browne, Lord Browne of Ladyton, is a British Labour politician. From 1997 until 2010, after a legal career, he was MP for Kilmarnock & Loudoun. Consecutively he held ministerial posts in the Northern Ireland office, the DWP, the Home Office, the Treasury, the MOD and the Scotland Office. He served in Cabinet positions as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Defence and Secretary of State for Scotland. A member of the House of Lords since 2010, he is also Vice-chair of the Washington DC based Nuclear Threat Initiative, an NGO that works to reduce the threats posed by nuclear and other WMD.