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Tauscher to speak in Lafayette

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 4:50 pm in Political events.

Ellen Tauscher

Ellen Tauscher

Ellen Tauscher, U.S. Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security and former East Bay congresswoman, will speak at the July 28 meeting of the Commonwealth Club.

Tauscher’s talk is titled, “Arms Control and Nonproliferation: The Road from Prague.”

The event begins with checkin at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in Lafayette.

Tickets cost $22.

Read on for the details from the Commonwealth Club:

  • SPEAKER: Ellen Tauscher, U.S. Under Secretary, Arms Control and International Security
  • TITLE: Ellen Tauscher: Arms Control and Nonproliferation: The Road from Prague
  • DATE: Thursday, July 28, 2011
  • TIME: 6 p.m., Check-In | 6:30 p.m., Program
  • PLACE: Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
  • PRICE: $22 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)

To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org

As the former U.S. congressional representative and current senior adviser to President Obama and secretary of state for arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament, Ellen Tauscher, will discuss the prospects for U.S. and international security in the midst of continued global unrest. Spurred on by the belief that the containment of nuclear weapons in the 21st century is imperative to international security and world peace, last April President Obama delivered a speech in which he declared the Administration’s dedication to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. During the ambitious speech he set forth the end goal of completely irradiating the world of nuclear weapons. Since then, Tauscher has led the progress in moving toward making this goal a reality.

Under Tauscher’s direction, the Administration has already achieved the entry into force of the New START agreement— a U.S.-Russia agreement that will reduce each nation’s nuclear arsenals to their lowest levels in more than a half century, adopted a nuclear posture review that promotes nonproliferation and reduces the role of nuclear weapons in our national security policy, and has achieved a consensus action plan at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review.

Tauscher previously represented California’s 10th Congressional District for 13 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 2007, she has chaired the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and was a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In addition, she has chaired the New Democrat Coalition, a group of more than 60 centrist House Democrats. Before winning a seat in Congress, Under Secretary Tauscher spent 14 years working on Wall Street and was one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and later served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.

The Newark, New Jersey native earned her B.S. from Seton Hall University in 1974.

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