Fmr. Ambassador Richard Butler discusses nuclear weapons on WPSU-TV

University Park, Pa. -- Experts say North Korea's recent missile threat against the United States may have renewed a longtime American fear -- weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists. Though there is general agreement about the threat posed by these dangerous and expensive weapons, getting rid of them altogether is one of the biggest challenges facing world leaders today. On the next “Conversations from Penn State,” nuclear arms control expert Ambassador Richard Butler will discuss why he thinks nuclear weapons must be eliminated and America’s role in that process. He also offers his opinion on the future of U.S. Foreign policy and what needs to happen to improve international relationships.

"Conversations from Penn State" is a new series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention.

The show will air on the Big Ten Network on Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. The show will also air on WPSU-TV on Thursday, July 9, at 9 p.m.

Ambassador Richard Butler is Penn State’s Distinguished Scholar of International Peace and Security at the University’s School of International Affairs. He is one of the world’s leading experts on nuclear arms control and disarmament. Butler has served as the executive chairman of the United Nations Special Commission to Disarm Iraq and as the United Nations chief arms inspector of Iraq from 1997 to 1999. Butler also had an extensive diplomatic career, which includes numerous positions in the Australian Foreign Service; he also served as Australia's ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia.

For more than 20 years, Patty Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, Satalia approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

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Last Updated July 13, 2009