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Hans Blix to discuss WMD, March 8

Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Hans Blix will discuss "Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism and Security" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

A valid Princeton ID will be required for admission to Dodds. The lecture will be simulcast in 1, 2 and 16 Robertson for others.

A veteran Swedish diplomat, Blix served as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997 and was charged with overseeing inspection of Iraq's nuclear program. He became head of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in 2000, running the commission during the contentious period when the existence and verification of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was hotly debated by Security Council members as reason to justify waging war on that country.

Blix retired from that position in 2003, and currently is the honorary chair of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, which began work in January 2004. In his most recent book, "Disarming Iraq: The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction," he provides an appraisal of the U.N. Iraq weapons inspection debate that led to the country's 2003 invasion.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program on Science and Global Security.

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