Avoiding Armageddon
From the Experts

Voices from - Silent Killers: Poisons and Plagues

Voices from - Nuclear Nightmares: Losing Control

Voices from - The New Face of Terror: Upping the Ante

Voices from - Confronting Terrorism: Turning the Tide

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In preparation for this film, more than 300 international scholars, scientists, doctors, authors, policy-makers, politicians and world leaders were interviewed over a two-year period. Their expertise ranges from first-hand knowledge of moments when the world poised on the brink of Armageddon, such as former President Bill Clinton's recollection of an averted nuclear confrontation between warring neighbors India and Pakistan, to cutting-edge insights from the fields of science, medicine, security and international relations.

There are many voices and views heard in the film. Leaders from many nations are represented. Muslims as well as Israelis are interviewed. We talk to those who want all weapons abolished as well as those who want to maintain nuclear stockpiles, believing that deterrence is a credible defense posture. The film chronicles terrorists who justify their violent actions and military, political and community leaders seeking to stop them.

Avoiding Armageddon gives voice to victims of nuclear, biological and chemical attacks and it also travels the globe to hear from those seeking to ensure that these weapons are never used again. Some of the world's leaders were interviewed, including former President Mikhail Gorbachev, former President Jimmy Carter, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

This section offers some brief excerpts from some of these intriguing interviewees.

Voices from "Silent Killers: Poisons and Plagues"

  Dr. Ken Alibek
Former head of Soviet biological weapons program

Dr. D.A. Henderson
Led World Health Organization's successful Global Smallpox Eradication Campaign

Dr. Amy Smithson
Director of Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project at the Henry L. Stimson Center
  Dr. Leonard Cole
Rutgers University Professor and biological and chemical weapons expert

Dr. Tara O'Toole
Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies

Voices from "Nuclear Nightmares: Losing Control"

  Joe Cirincione
Director of the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace's Nonproliferation Project

Dr. Khidhir Hamza
Former head of Saddam Hussein's nuclear
weapons program

  Jimmy Carter
Former US President

Bill Clinton
Former US President

Former Senator Sam Nunn
Co-chair of Nuclear Threat Initiative

Voices from "The New Face of Terror: Upping the Ante"

  Daniel Benjamin
Senior fellow in the CSIS International Security Program and terrorism expert

Peter Bergen
Terrorism expert and author of book about Osma bin Laden
  Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj
Founder and director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

Dr. Bruce Hoffman
Terrorism experts of the RAND think tank in Washington DC

Voices from "Confronting Terrorism: Turning the Tide"

  Kofi Annan
UN Secretary-General

Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Soviet President
  Colin Powell
US Secretary of State

George Tenet
CIA Director

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