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Nunn Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, a member of the Belfer Center’s International Council, received Emory Law School’s Centennial Lifetime Achievement Award at the School’s Centennial celebration in April. An alumnus of the School, Nunn was honored for his many legislative accomplishments including the Department of Defense Reorganization Act and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provided assistance to Russia and the former Soviet republics to secure and destroy their excess nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

Holgate Awarded Kazakh Independence Medal

Laura Holgate, former Ambassador and U.S. Representative to UN-Vienna and IAEA, a senior fellow with the Belfer Center, was awarded the Kazakhstan 25th Anniversary of Independence Medal during a ceremony in April at the Kazakh Embassy in Washington, D.C. Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S. Erzhan Kazykhanov presented the award to Holgate for her many years of work with Kazakh officials to secure nuclear weapons and materials left in the country following the breakup of the former Soviet Union.

Moniz Receives Richard E. Neustadt Award

Former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, now a senior fellow with the Belfer Center, was honored in April with the Richard E. Neustadt Award. The award, presented to Moniz by Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf, is bestowed annually to honor individuals who have created exceptional solutions to significant problems in public policy. Moniz was praised for advancing energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, and environmental stewardship. He also played a major role in developing the Iran nuclear agreement.

Sanger Wins Pulitzer for Reporting on Russia

David Sanger, New York Times National Security Correspondent and the Belfer Center’s Senior Fellow for National Security and the Press, won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting as part of a Times’ team that wrote “Russia’s Dark Arts,” an investigative series that chronicled the covert and sometimes deadly actions taken by President Vladimir Putin’s government to grow Russian influence abroad. The series, which began last spring, included Sanger’s co-authored article, “The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the United States.”

Dobriansky Receives Martha Washington Medal

Former Ambassador and Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky, a senior fellow with the Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project, received the Martha Washington Medal from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The medal, which was presented during a ceremony in April, is bestowed on women in recognition of their outstanding public service. Dobriansky was also guest speaker for the event.

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