Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Seminar with Jon Wolfsthal, Deputy Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).
From 2009-2012, Jon Wolfsthal served as the Special Advisor to Vice President Joseph R. Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation and as a Director for Nonproliferation on the National Security Council. Working in the inner circle of security policy developers, he supported the Administration's negotiation and ratification of the New START arms reduction agreement with the Russian Federation and the writing of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review. He is an expert on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, with particular emphasis on nuclear weapons. He has focused extensively on the nuclear cases of North Korea and Iran, and on the control of nuclear materials and expertise in the former Soviet Union.
During his five-year tenure at the Department of Energy in the 1990's, he served as the U.S. Government's on-site monitor at North Korea's nuclear complex at Yongbyon, worked to improve security at Russian nuclear facilities, and oversaw several U.S. multi-million dollar programs to eliminate the trade in weapons-usable nuclear materials. His last post at the department was as the special assistant to the assistant secretary for non-proliferation and national security.
He was previously a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and deputy director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where in 2005 with Joseph Cirincione and Miriam Rajkumar, he co-authored the book Deadly Arsenals; Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Threats.
Wolfsthal is a frequently cited expert in print, radio and television media. His articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in many domestic and international publications, including Survival, Current History, Arms Control Today, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor.
Wolfsthal is currently the Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
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