“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
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John Carlson is Counselor to the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Washington, D.C., and Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, Sydney, Australia.
Other current appointments include member of the Advisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum, member of VERTIC's International Verification Consultants Network, and adviser to the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
John was previously Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, a statutory position which he held from 1989–2010. He retired from Australian Government service in October 2010, after forty-six years, including thirty-four years in the Senior Executive Service. Other appointments included Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation (SAGSI) 2001–2006; member of the Advisory Board of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (which reported in 2009); and founding Chair of the Asia-Pacific Safeguards Network, 2009–2012.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and recipient of the Institute’s Distinguished Service Award. In June 2012 he received the national award of Member of the Order of Australia (A.M.) “for service to public administration, particularly in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, and to the development of international safeguards policy.”Last Updated: May 14, 2018, 10:21am