Weapons Proliferation Still Students’ Concern

Nebraska high school students continue to be concerned about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to the results of a recent survey.

Nearly 450 students statewide completed the survey in April and May expressing their concerns, priorities and visions for U.S. foreign policy as part of the 14th Annual Nebraska Capitol Forum on America’s Future, co-sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and the office of Secretary of State John Gale.

The survey asks students to rank four proposals for future U.S. foreign policy, which provide the core for the Capitol Forum program. The students’ views in 2012 remain consistent with 2011 that the main objective should be to protect the U.S. homeland. The 2012 students, however, favored protecting U.S. global interests over building a more cooperative world as their second priority, a switch from last year’s group.

When asked what concerns them the most, 41 percent of respondents agreed their top concern is that nuclear, biological and chemical weapons will proliferate and end up in the hands of terrorists. While the percentage has varied from year to year, this has consistently remained the students’ top concern since 2002.

For complete details on what Nebraska high school students have to say about options for U.S. foreign policy, visit our Capitol Forum page. Capitol Forum is a Choices for the 21st Century project, an outreach of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

The 2012 Capitol Forum was funded in part by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Nebraska, Janet D. Miller, and A to Z Printing.



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