Hiram College

Hiram alumnus John Lauder ’68, an authority on intelligence analysis and collection related to weapons of mass destruction, nonproliferation and arms control, discussed North Korean nuclear crisis challenges and options on Tuesday before an audience of Garfield Center for Public Leadership student scholars and other members of the campus community.

A recent member of the Defense Science Board Task Forces on Assessment of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring and Verification, Lauder provided crisis simulation background details and reviewed issues ranging from the necessity of finding a resolution for the North Korean crisis to best practices for reaching an agreement.

“North Korea appears determined to increase its nuclear capabilities. Likewise, the U.S. appears committed to preventing this process from continuing,” says James Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and director of the  Garfield Center for Public Leadership.

For future public leaders, such programs are vital, says Garfield Scholar Hallie Chavez ’18.

“The Garfield Center for Public Leadership is critical not only in engaging us with the problems of the world through discussions with prominent leaders, but in preparing us with the skills needed to address national and international issues as the leaders of tomorrow,” Chavez says.