La Follette School student Drew Buys attended the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., along with 800 experts and officials from more than 45 countries and international organizations during spring break.
In addition to the event March 20 and 21, Buys attended participated in sessions for young professionals March 19 and 22, including the workshop “Communicating Science to Policy Makers and the Interested Public” presented by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Buys attended the conference with UW–Madison colleagues Meghan McGarry, a research scientist in UW–Madison’s Engineering Physics Department, and Chris Browman, a graduate researcher at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
The conference took place on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s conclusion and focused on an assessment of the treaty and its prospects. Panels addressed the treaty’s core articles and how to manage its nonmembers and sole former member. Participants also discussed the future of global nuclear order as well as emerging trends in deterrence, disarmament, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and nuclear energy.
Buys, who received a bachelor’s degree in Russian from Michigan State University, is a second-year student in La Follette’s Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) program.
A project assistant in UW–Madison’s Middle East Studies Program, Buys is especially interested in using his language skills and regional expertise to work on security or economic issues in Russia, the former Soviet Union, or the Middle East.