CNN's Brooke Anderson spoke with professor Albert Carnesale about the release of Countdown to Zero, a documentary on nuclear non-proliferation and the ever-present threat of nuclear weapons. According to the film, the danger stems from the changing balance of power and the ability of terrorists and rogue nations to acquire or manufacture weapons. Interviews inluded 100 international nuclear experts and policy leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, James Baker, and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Carnesale, who has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, holds professorial appointments in UCLA's School of Public Affairs and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Earlier in his career, he represented the United States in high-level negotiations on defense and energy issues, including the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, SALT I. He has been increasingly called upon by the government for his expertise on public policy issues that have scientific and technological dimensions. He also serves on President Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the country’s current and future stockpile of nuclear waste.