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Fall Forum Fundraiser 2020 Night One: Rethinking Nuclear Policy and Presidential Power

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


  • A single Member ticket to view our Fall Forum Night One with Secretary William Perry and Tom Collina.
  • A single Non-Member ticket to view our Fall Forum Night One with Secretary William Perry and Tom Collina.
  • A one night Patron ticket to view our Fall Forum Night One with Secretary William Perry and Tom Collina and attend our intimate Patron Q&A with both speakers.
  • A Two Night Member ticket to view both of our 2020 Fall Forums: -Night One with Secretary William Perry & Tom Collina, and -Night Two with Secretary Chuck Hagel
  • A double Non-Member ticket to view both of our 2020 Fall Forums: -Night One with Secretary William Perry & Tom Collina, and -Night Two with Secretary Chuck Hagel
  • A Two Night Patron ticket to view both of our 2020 Fall Forums and to attend both intimate Patron Q&A's with the speakers: -Night One with Secretary William Perry & Tom Collina, and -Night Two with Secretary Chuck Hagel

Fall Forum 2020 Night One:

Rethinking Nuclear Policy and Presidential Power

With Secretary William Perry

and Tom Collina

On Tuesday, November 10th at 6PM, join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in welcoming former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Ploughshares Fund Policy Director Tom Collina for Night One of our premier annual fundraiser, our Fall Forum! Our first night with Collina and Secretary Perry will see the two discuss the dangers of nuclear war and proliferation, the necessity for robust international legal frameworks governing nuclear weapons, and why the United States should reconsider vesting the sole power to launch a nuclear strike in the President alone.

Following Collina and Secretary Perry's remarks, a moderated Question and Answer session will be held. All questions can be emailed to, or sent through the messenger app on our website, so tune in here at and we hope to see you there!

The Annual Fall and Spring Forums are WACNH's premier fundraising events for the year and helps us raise funds to continue our work and bring you a full year's worth of awesome programming and events. Due to the ongoing pandemic forcing us to cancel our Spring Forum in June, we will be bringing two nights of awesome virtual programming for you all this season.

When: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 6PM

Where: Live online, link sent after ticket purchase

Patron Q&A Session: Nov. 10, Immediately after the Forum


6pm - Forum Opens with WACNH and Sponsor Intros

6:10pm - Collina and Sec. Perry's Presentation and Opening Remarks

6:25pm - Start of Moderated Audience Q&A Section

7:00pm - Main Forum Concludes

7 - 7:30pm - Patron and Sponsor Zoom Call with our Speakers

Ticket Information:

  • A One Night Ticket may be purchased at full price to one of either Night One (Nov. 10th) or Night Two (Dec. 2nd), using the desired night's event page.
  • Purchasing a Two Night Ticket to view both events is discounted, and this option only needs to be purchased once from either Forum event page. (We will be sure to register you for the other event)
  • Tickets apply per computer login, not per person.
  • Our Standard Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast.
  • Our Patron Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast, and an intimate ZOOM Q&A session with the speakers after the event.

   WACNH Member  Non-Member
 One Night, Standard  $50 $60 
 Both Nights, Standard  $80  $100
 One Night, Patron  $175  $175
 Both Nights, Patron  $300  $300

This event was made possible by the generous support of:


Thank You Patron Sponsors:

Steven and Karin Barndollar

Bob Blair and Trish Murphy

Carolyn and Philip Hollman

Jack and Carol Resch

Carolyn and Stewart Richmond

David and Missie Schroeder

Ginny and Joseph Szymanowski

Norm and Pat Turcotte

Steven Solomon

Andrew Supplee

About Secretary Perry:

William J. Perry served as the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Carter administration and then as Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. He oversaw the development of the strategic nuclear systems that are currently in our arsenal. His new offset strategy ushered in the age of stealth, smart weapons, GPS, and technologies that changed the face of modern warfare.

In 2007, Dr. Perry collaborated with George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger to publish several ground-breaking editorials in the Wall Street Journal that linked the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons with urgent but practical steps that could be taken to reduce nuclear dangers. Perry’s 2015 memoir, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is a personal account of his lifelong effort to reduce nuclear dangers. He founded the William J. Perry Project to educate the public on these dangers.

In 2020, Perry co-authored THE BUTTON: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump. He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University.

Perry is the father of five, grandfather of eight, and great-grandfather of four. He continues to travel the world in pursuit of his goal of reducing the threat from nuclear weapons.

About Tom Collina:

Tom Z. Collina is Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund. He is the co-author with William J. Perry of THE BUTTON: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump, published in June 2020.

Collina has thirty years of Washington, DC, experience in nuclear weapons, missile defense, and nonproliferation issues, and has held senior positions at the Arms Control Association, the Institute for Science and International Security, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has been directly involved with efforts to end U.S. nuclear testing, limit ineffective anti-missile programs, extend the Nonproliferation Treaty, and secure Senate ratification of the New START Treaty. He has published widely in major magazines and journals and has appeared frequently in the national media, including the New York Times, CNN, and NPR. He has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and regularly briefs congressional staff.

Collina has a degree in International Relations from Cornell University and lives in Takoma Park, MD with his wife, three children and dog. When away from the office he does not think about nuclear war.

About The Button:

The President has the power to end the world in minutes. Right now, no one can stop him.

Since the Truman administration, America has been one “push of a button” away from nuclear war—a decision that rests solely in the hands of the President. Without waiting for approval from Congress or even the Secretary of Defense, the President can unleash America’s entire nuclear arsenal. 

Almost every governmental process is subject to institutional checks and balances. Why is potential nuclear annihilation the exception to the rule? For decades, glitches and slip-ups have threatened to trigger nuclear winter: misinformation, false alarms, hacked warning systems, or even an unstable President. And a new nuclear arms race has begun, threatening us all. At the height of the Cold War, Russia and the United States each built up arsenals exceeding 30,000 nuclear weapons, armed and ready to destroy each other—despite the fact that just a few hundred are necessary to end life on earth.

From authors William J. Perry, Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration and Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Carter administration, and Tom Z. Collina, the Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation in Washington, DC, The Button recounts the terrifying history of nuclear launch authority, from the faulty 46-cent microchip that nearly caused World War III to President Trump’s tweet about his “much bigger & more powerful” button. Perry and Collina share their firsthand experience on the front lines of the nation’s nuclear history and provide illuminating interviews with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Congressman Adam Smith, Nobel Peace Prize winner Beatrice Fihn, senior Obama administration officials, and many others.

Written in an accessible and authoritative voice, The Button reveals the shocking tales and sobering facts of nuclear executive authority throughout the atomic age, delivering a powerful condemnation against ever leaving explosive power this devastating under any one person’s thumb.

Copies of The Button may be purchased HERE.

Use promo code BUTTON30 to get 30% off your order!

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