LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nearly 20 years after President Ronald Reagan first proposed the development of a strategic missile defense system, the topic still inspires debate. Nuclear arms control specialist John Rhinelander will discuss the how outer space affects the strategic interests of the United States and what the U.S. ought to adopt as its policy on weapons in space at the University of Louisville Thursday, Oct. 24.

    The event, co-sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution and the Washington, D.C.- based Lawyers Alliance for World Security (LAWS), will take place in Bigelow Hall in the Miller Information Technology Center at 7 p.m.

    Rhinelander is a member of LAWS’ Executive Committee, vice chairman of the Arms Control Association and senior counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge. He has served in numerous government positions, including general counsel for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was legal adviser to the U.S. SALT delegation that negotiated the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 1971 and 1972.

    He also has taught as a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School and served as adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, all in the field of nuclear arms control.

    The event, which was funded by the Gheens Foundation, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Ali Institute at (502) 852-6372 or (502) 852-6390.