Posted on May 07, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares fund and expert on nuclear non-proliferation, discussed the meeting in New York of signatory nations of the non-proliferation treaty. Ciricione, as part of a broader discussion on nuclear weapons, spoke about whether or not the meeting in New York would have any profound implications on reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world and measures to prevent states from newly acquiring nukes.






John Limbert, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, discussed U.S.- Iran relations. Limbert spoke about a number of different fronts in which the U.S. and Iran have been at odds with each other. Limbert argues that the U.S. should not engage Iran solely on the nuclear issue, but should diversify its approach by focusing on a wider range of issues. “The offer to start a dialogue [with Iran] based on mutual interest and mutual respect is still out there”, said Limbert.






Elena Panaritis, Economist and member of Greek Parliament, spoke about the current financial crisis in that country. Panaritis, a specialist in the creation of markets in illiquid assets, property rights, and public sector management, explained the situation and its possible implications for Greece and the rest of Europe. When asked what caused such a terrible collapse of the Greek economy, Panaritis said “we [Greece] are a part of a European union that is having one currency but not homogeneous models of growth.”




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