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Blix to discuss disarmament, March 26

Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix will present a lecture titled "Is It Time for a Revival of Disarmament?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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 were hotly debated by Security Council members as reasons 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.

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

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