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Council on Foreign Relations Fellow to Discuss Politics of Nuclear Energy at W&L

— by on October 22nd, 2008

Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, the Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), will discuss “The Politics of Nuclear Energy: Its Role in the Energy Policy of Each Presidential Candidate” on Monday, Nov. 3, at Washington and Lee University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. in Huntley Hall, Room 327.

Ferguson’s work at CFR focuses on nuclear energy, nonproliferation and prevention of nuclear terrorism. He and Dr. Frank Settle, visiting professor of chemistry at Washington and Lee University, are the principal investigators of the Nuclear Energy Education in the 21st Century Project, which receives support from W&L alumnus Gerry Lenfest.

As part of that project, Ferguson wrote the Council Special Report Nuclear Energy: Balancing Benefits and Risks, which was published in April 2007. He is currently writing a book on nuclear energy and government decision making.

Ferguson also is an adjunct assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he teaches the graduate-level course “Nuclear Technologies and Security,” and an adjunct lecturer in the National Security Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University teaching the graduate-level course “Weapons of Mass Destruction Technologies.”

Ferguson co-wrote the book The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism (Routledge, 2005) and was the lead author of the report, Commercial Radioactive Sources: Surveying the Security Risks, which was the first in-depth, post-9/11 study of the “dirty bomb” threat.

He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University.