Securing Russia’s Loose Nukes
Progress Since 9/11
September 14, 2005
Four years after a bipartisan Task Force recommended an acceleration of programs to secure Russia’s vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials by 2009-2011, a report by the Henry L. Stimson Center and the Center for American Progress finds that the United States may not reach that goal until 2020-2030. A distinguished panel featuring Graham T. Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and others will discuss the threat and comment on the report. Robert O. Boorstin, Senior Vice President for National Security at the Center for American Progress, will moderate. The authors of the report—Brian Finlay, Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, and Andrew Grotto, Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress—will be available at the event to answer questions.
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|Graham T. Allison is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 1977-1989, Allison served as Dean of the Kennedy School. In the first term of the Clinton Administration, Allison served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans, where he coordinated Department of Defense strategy and policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. His publication Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971) was recently released in an updated and revised second edition (1999) and ranks among the best-sellers in political science with more than 350,000 copies in print. Other publications include Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy: Containing the Threat of Loose Russian Nuclear Weapons and Fissile Material (1996), Realizing Human Rights: From Inspiration to Impact (2000), and Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe (2004).|
|Robert O. Boorstin is the Senior Vice President for National Security at the Center for American Progress. Boorstin brings to American Progress more than twenty years experience in national security, political communications, research and journalism. Over seven years with the Clinton Administration, he worked as the President’s national security speechwriter; communications and foreign policy adviser to Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin; and adviser on the developing world to Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Earlier in his career, Boorstin was a reporter for The New York Times. He received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1981 and his M. Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University in 1983.|
|Joseph Cirincione is the Director for Non-Proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (Second Edition, 2005) and co-author of Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005). Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. He is the author of numerous articles on proliferation and weapons issues, a co-author of WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implication (January 2004), the editor of Repairing the Regime (Routledge, 2000) and producer of the award-winning DVD, The Proliferation Threat. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.|
|Alton Frye is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Henry L. Stimson Center. He is also Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations for over 25 years in posts including Senior Vice President and National Director, President, Director of the Washington program, and Director of the International Affairs Fellowship program. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Frye held positions as fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Legislative and Administrative Assistant for Senator Edward Brooke, Staff Member of the Rand Corporation, and Research Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He has lectured at Harvard, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. He graduated from St. Louis University and received his Ph.D. from Yale University. During school, Dr. Frye worked as a radio reporter and announcer in Nashville, St. Louis, and New Haven. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Nazi Germany and the American Hemisphere for which he was a Pulitzer Prize Nominee in 1967.|
Brian D. Finlay is a Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., where he co-directs a suite of initiatives on nuclear and biological nonproliferation and threat reduction. He recently served as Director of the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign and was Project Manager for the Laboratory Center for Disease Control at Health Canada. Finlay is author of numerous articles on national security issues, is the co-editor of the recent book, Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (Century Foundation Press, 2003) and contributor to Grave New World: Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century (Georgetown University Press, 2003). He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a Graduate Diploma from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
|Andrew J. Grotto is a Policy Analyst in National Security Policy at the Center for American Progress, where he specializes on nuclear weapons strategy and nonproliferation. He has written on a variety of subjects, including weapons of mass destruction proliferation, U.S.-European relations, international trade and economics, and assorted legal issues. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), his M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his B.A. from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the New York bar.|