The Pope and Nuclear Deterrence: Georgetown Conference

Also see: The Georgetown Initiative: Responsible Investing for a Sustainable Future

On January 31, 2020, experts gathered at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to address challenges and solutions to the current crisis in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, with reference to Pope Francis’s condemnation of current policies.

Pope Francis, in an address in Hiroshima November 24, 2019, declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home.”

This workshops addressed the current state of nuclear geopolitics, alternative approaches to nuclear disarmament, and moral and pastoral implications of the Catholic Church’s evolving position on deterrence and nuclear disarmament.

GSI President Jonathan Granoff spoke at the event, along with three distinguished members of GSI’s Nonpartisan Security Group , Ambassadors  James Goodby  and  Bonnie Jenkins  and  Professor David Koplow. 

Read Jonathan Granoff presentation to event

Also see: October 2015 Report by UN Mission to the Holy See following Pope Francis’s address to the UN General Assembly

and The Georgetown Initiative: Responsible Investing for a Sustainable Future.

GSI Advisory Board Speakers:

David Koplow:


GSI President Jonathan Granoff:

Amb. James Goodby:

Bonnie Jenkins:

More Event Videos:

Pope Francis’ Vision of Peace -keynote (1:47):

Ethics and Pastoral Guidance (1:47):

Status Report: Arms Control and Non-proliferation (1:18)

How We Got Here (1:37):

Conscience Formation and Public Education (1:07:49):

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