Scott Ritter will make his first Austin-area appearances in 15 years on March 28, 29 and 30 to speak about the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the urgent need for nuclear disarmament. The events will include a lively question and answer segment in the spirit of Ask the Inspector, the popular twice-weekly podcast hosted by Jeff Norman, who will join Scott at these events. Scott will also sign his latest book, Disarmament in the Time of Perestroika, which details his personal history as a weapons inspector in the Soviet Union. The book demonstrates how two nations fundamentally at odds with one another could come together and rid the world of weapons that threaten all of humanity. Scott emphasized the need to repair US-Russia relations when he spoke in Houston last year. He will expound on that theme in his upcoming talks, while also addressing the latest geopolitical developments.
To help revive a moribund peace movement, Scott delivered a compelling Rage Against the War Machine speech via webcam on Februrary 19 in concurrence with a rally held at the Lincoln Memorial. That same night he attended a reception featuring music and discussion sponsored by the Center for Political Innovation. Scott received a hero's welcome from the young activists when he was asked to give a spontaneous speech. The overwhelming kinship on display far outweighed any disagreements about extraneous issues, and underscored the exciting potential for new collaborations. The upcoming Texas events have been organized with a similar intent to attract new partners, which is why they will be held in a bar, brewery and private home (open to the public) rather than a typical peacenik venue. The presentations are co-sponsored by the American Drink Tank, a new group of civic-minded Americans who tackle societal problems while enjoying adult beverages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit U.S. Tour of Duty, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for veterans and their allies to lift communities by applying a military mindset to civilian life.
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