The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors’ Lunch with Gary Saymore, White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Dr. Gary Samore is the White House Coordinator for Arms Control and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism.  He serves as the principal advisor to the President on all matters relating to arms control and the prevention of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and WMD terrorism.  He also coordinates United States government activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent proliferation and WMD terrorism and promote international arms control efforts.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Dr. Samore was vice president for Studies at the  Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York.  As Vice President for Studies, he held the Maurice R. Greenberg chair and directed the David Rockefeller Studies Program.  Recently, he co-produced a joint CFR-Brookings Institution volume, Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President (2008).  Before joining CFR, Dr. Samore was vice president for global security and sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago.  From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.  He produced three “strategic dossiers” on Iran (2005), North Korea (2004), and Iraq (2002), which are considered authoritative and exemplary assessments of nuclear, biological, chemical, and missile programs in those countries.

Dr. Samore was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Export controls during the Clinton Administration.  He was responsible for formulating and coordinating U.S. policy to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and missile delivery systems. Before the National Security Council, Dr. Samore worked on nonproliferation issues at the Department of State. In 1995, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service for his role in negotiating the North Korea nuclear agreement.   Prior to the State Department, he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Rand Corporation.

Dr. Samore was a National Science Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, where he received his MA and PhD in government in 1984. From 1980-1981 Dr. Samore was a research fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

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