The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and Arms Control, National Security Staff, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall is the White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control on the National Security Staff.  She advises the President and coordinates United States government policies and initiatives that ensure the American military is fully prepared to confront current threats and future challenges.  She is also the President’s principal advisor on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and WMD terrorism.

Dr. Sherwood-Randall served from January 2009 until April 2013 as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European Affairs at the White House.  In that capacity, she was the President’s principal advisor on Europe and NATO.  She led the development of a government-wide strategy that substantially augmented cooperation with European allies and partners to advance the President’s global agenda.

Before joining the National Security Staff, Dr. Sherwood-Randall was the Adjunct Senior Fellow for Alliance Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and a Founding Senior Adviser to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project.  Dr. Sherwood-Randall was also a member of the Review Panel on Future Directions for Defense Threat Reduction Agency Missions and Capabilities to Combat WMD and served on the National Security Strategy and Policies Expert Working Group advising the Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States.

Dr. Sherwood-Randall served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia in the first Clinton administration.  She developed and implemented regional security policy toward the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union including Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, and established defense and military relationships with each of these states, pioneered the extension of NATO's Partnership for Peace program across Eurasia, and built ties between Russia and NATO.  She played a central role in the denuclearization of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.  She was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal by Secretary of Defense William Perry.

Prior to her service in the Department of Defense, Dr. Sherwood-Randall co-founded the Harvard University Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, served as the Chief Foreign Affairs and Defense Policy Adviser to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and was a Guest Scholar in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

A California native, Dr. Sherwood-Randall received her Bachelor's degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and a D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.  She is married to Dr. Jeffrey B. Randall, a neurosurgeon, and they have two sons, Richard and William Randall.


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