Former Secretary of Defense William Perry travels to Russia with message of nuclear risk reduction

Former Secretary of Defense William Perry Travels to Russia in Early February
Press Advisory
January 31, 2018


At a time when relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point in decades, William J. Perry, the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense, will be traveling to Russia on February 4-9, 2018 to promote a message of nuclear risk reduction. 

“When I was Secretary of Defense for the United States, I worked very closely with my counterparts in Russia to reduce the nuclear dangers to both of our countries.  Much has changed since then. Today the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger. This heightened risk reinforces the importance of the US and Russia working together to reduce the threat. Only through cooperation can we make both of our countries safer.”

In Russia, Dr. Perry will be releasing the Russian translation of his memoir My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, which tells the story of Dr. Perry’s coming of age in the nuclear era, his role in trying to shape and contain it, and how his thinking has changed about the threat these weapons pose. He will be delivering presentations on nuclear risk reduction at major Russian think tanks, universities, and research institutes including the Carnegie Moscow Center, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the USA-Canada Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University.

Dr. Perry will also be meeting with Russian students and young scholars to share lessons learned from his career about the incredible dangers posed by nuclear weapons. 

“Because we don't understand the dangers we make no serious attempt to repair the hostility between the United States and Russia. And so we are allowing ourselves to sleepwalk into possible catastrophe.” 

 William J. Perry was the U.S. Secretary of Defense from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993-1994) and as Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977-1981). He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. His foundation, The William J. Perry Project, is dedicated to educating the public on the modern day risks of nuclear weapons.


The public is welcome to attend the following events:

Strategic Stability in the 21s Century: Lessons From the Past
Carnegie Moscow Center
February 5th, 14:00-15:30 MSK

The Russian-US Relations, Nuclear Threat Reduction and Global Security
Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Moscow
February 5th, 11:00