Adapting to a Changing World: Managing the Promise and Peril of Emerging Technologies and the Nuclear Nexus



Karen Miller

Date and Time

May 31, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


RSVP Required.


Virtual to Public. Only those with an active Stanford ID with access to William J. Perry Conference Room in Encina Hall may attend in person. 

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(Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, staff, fellows, and students only)


About the Event: We live in a world of rapid technological change. Society has come to rely on new and emerging technologies for just about everything, yet many of the technologies with the most profound potential for good also have the potential to be used for destructive purposes. New warfighting domains have opened up in outer space and cyberspace. Advances in artificial intelligence are transforming the threat landscape. How should we be thinking about these issues and what can we do to reduce the risk that accidents or miscalculation will lead to inadvertent escalation—especially at the nuclear nexus? This talk will examine the state of play of international discussions on these issues and offer recommendations for the future.   

About the Speaker: Dr. Karen Miller is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation from Los Alamos National Laboratory. She also serves as the U.S. representative on the IAEA Director General’s Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation. From 2019 to 2021, Dr. Miller was a Technical Advisor in the State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. Prior to her assignment at the State Department, she spent a decade at Los Alamos working on the end-to-end development of monitoring and verification systems for nuclear-related agreements. She also has experience as a Program Manager for a data science portfolio in the lab’s Global Security Directorate. Dr. Miller has a B.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University.