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Photography by Rick Chatillon

On Thursday, July 12, the World Affairs Council of Orange County hosted Philip Taubman, former Moscow and Washington Bureau Chief of the NY Times at the Hilton Costa Mesa for its annual Golden Orange Awards.

A dynamic and informative presentation was given by Mr. Taubman’s who pointed out that an enemy of the United States today is more likely to detonate a nuclear weapon in an American city than during the height of the Cold War. The chilling threat of a nuclear 9/11 is outlined by Philip Taubman in his new book, “The Partnership: How the Leaders of the Cold War Generation Are Coming Together to End Nuclear Weapons”.

The captivating discussion on the joint bipartisan effort of George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, Bill Perry, Sam Nunn and Sid Drell to reduce nuclear threats and ultimately abolish nuclear weapons; how they wrestled with the military, diplomatic and moral dimensions of nuclear weapons and how they influenced President Obama’s nuclear agenda. The discussion was followed by a friendly book signing reception.

Philip Taubman worked for The New York Times for thirty years as a reporter and editor, including stints as chief of both the Washington and Moscow bureaus, and deputy editorial page editor. He has also worked at Esquire and Time magazines. He was twice awarded the George Polk Award—for National Reporting in 1981 and for Foreign Affairs Reporting in 1983. Since retiring from the Times in 2008, he has been a consulting professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Messrs. Fred Ameri, Bruce Hallenbeck and Dr. Harry Sahota were also honored during the event with the 2012 Council’s Prestigious Golden Orange Award. Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham, past Chairman and Award Recipient, presided over the awards presentation.

The World Affairs Council of Orange County is part of the World Affairs Councils of America, the largest non-profit international affairs organization in the United States. Our mission is to bring the world to Orange County and Orange County to the world by hosting prominent speakers on topics of international importance.