CMC Speakers

Enhancing science-driven collaboration by engaging thought leaders and policymakers to share their ideas and perspectives on a range of issues related to international peace and stability.

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Distinguished Speakers Series 

Past Speakers 

Laura S. H. Holgate

Laura S. H. Holgate

January 25, 2021

“Science in Service of Diplomacy: Fostering Connections”

Laura S. H. Holgate, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency and current Vice President for Materials Risk Management at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, will discuss the importance of scientific and technical knowledge to the understanding, creation, and implementation of high-quality international security policy.

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Dr. Brent K. Park

Dr. Brent K. Park

November 19, 2020

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation 

Dr. Park discusses the importance of technical expertise and scientific collaboration to the future of nuclear nonproliferation.

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Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller

July 28, 2020

“From the Russell-Einstein Manifesto to Beyond New START”

Rose Gottemoeller discusses the value of international scientific cooperation in the national security field. Her talk considers history from the 1950s to the current day, from the early scientists’ groups such as Pugwash, to the urgent work of fissile material control in Russia in the 1990s, to the role of different expertise in the New START negotiations. She concludes with a glance at the future—looking at the continuing role of interdisciplinary cooperation in tackling problems such as control and monitoring of warheads.

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Dr. Christopher Ford

Dr. Christopher Ford

May 20, 2020

“Arms Control and Disarmament: Adjusting to a New Era”

With more than 20 years working in public service, Dr. Christopher Ford previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation at the National Security Council. In 2006, Dr. Ford served as the U.S. Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, where he was responsible for U.S. diplomacy with respect to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. A Rhodes scholar and Yale Law School-educated attorney, Dr. Ford is the author of three books on Sino-American relations, Chinese world view, and U.S. Navy operational intelligence.

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Upcoming Seminars

 photo - Mr. Kristóf HorváthMr. Kristóf Horváth

March 4, 2021, 10:00am-11:00am MST

“IAEA Nuclear Security Programme."

Kristóf Horváth, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Material Security Unit, previously served as the IAEA Senior Nuclear Security Officer responsible for International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) missions, regulation development, threat assessment, design basis threat, and nuclear security culture related issues, and is the former Deputy Chairman of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority. Mr. Horváth holds an MSc in Nuclear Engineering and a PhD in Military Engineering.

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Past Seminars 

 photo - Zoe GastelumMs. Zoe Gastelum

February 25, 2021

“A Day in the Life of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Analyst.”

Zoe Gastelum is Acting Manager of the International Safeguards & Engagements Department at Sandia National Laboratories, where she leads research and development efforts on advanced data analytics and human-algorithm performance in support of international safeguards verification. Prior to joining Sandia in 2015, Zoe worked as a safeguards research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and as an open source information analyst for the IAEA Department of Safeguards.

Picture - Mr. Steve Amundsen

Mr. Steve Amundsen

February 17, 2021

What is it like to work at the world’s foremost intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field? The Cooperative Monitoring Center (CMC) Seminar Series welcomes Steve Amundsen, recruiter for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who will discuss careers and job opportunities at the IAEA.

A recording of Mr. Amundsen's seminar can be viewed here.

Photo - Ms. Jenni RissanenMs. Jenni Rissanen

February 9, 2021

The CMC welcomes Jenni Rissanen, leader of strategic planning for the IAEA Department of Safeguards, the group responsible for nuclear verification activities for more than 180 Member States. Since 2007, Ms. Rissanen has been closely involved in conceptual work, including the development and implementation of the State-level concept for safeguards; advancing strategic foresight and planning; enhancing communication and engagement with Member States, NPT policymakers, and other stakeholders; and establishing partnerships.

A recording of Ms. Rissanen's seminar can be viewed here.

 photo - Mr. Robert KelleyMr. Robert Kelley

February 2, 2021

"Disarmament of Nuclear States: Applicability to Future Denuclearization of DPRK"

Mr. Robert Kelley discusses his experience as an international disarmament inspector in South Africa, Iraq, and Libya. With more than 35 years of experience in the U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons complex, Robert Kelley started his career in research and engineering before turning to information analysis in the 1980s. He managed the centrifuge and plutonium metallurgy programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and later was Director of the Department of Energy Remote Sensing Laboratory, the premier U.S. nuclear emergency response organization. Robert directed nuclear inspections in Iraq in 1992 and 2001 for the IAEA, and has worked in more than 20 countries.  

 Maj Gen Randy "Church" Key, USAF(ret.)Major General Randy "Church" Kee, USAF (ret.)

January 21, 2021 

Discussion of Current and Future Arctic Security Mission Requirements

General Kee currently serves as Executive Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska and as US Arctic Research Commissioner. In his current position, General Kee leads a distributed team of Arctic-focused science and technology, education and student field programs, and convening activities of knowledgeable Arctic researchers, policy makers, Alaska Native Leaders and maritime operators. 

Dr. David SantoroDr. David Santoro

December 3, 2020

“Pacific Forum: Finding a Better Way”

Dr. Santoro is Vice President and Director for Nuclear Policy at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum, a foreign policy think tank. He specializes in strategic and deterrence issues as well as nonproliferation and nuclear security, focusing mostly on Asia. He is involved in many of Pacific Forum’s track-2 and track-1.5 forums, and his current research interests focus on great-power competition and the role of China in an era of nuclear multipolarity. Dr. Santoro’s forthcoming edited volume “U.S.-China Nuclear Relations – The Impact of Strategic Triangles” will be published in the spring of 2021.

A recording of Dr. Santoro's seminar can be viewed here. 

Dr. Ghena Alhanaee

Dr Ghena Alhanaee

November 4, 2020

“Interdependency of the Water-Oil-Nuclear Industries in the Persian/Arabian Gulf: Understanding Risk and Improving Prevention and Preparation of Disasters”

Dr. Alhanaee highlights her work to develop a data-driven framework to help the Persian/Arabian Gulf region better mitigate the risks of an oil spill or nuclear accident. Dr. Alhanaee received her PhD from the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California in Summer 2020. She has presented her research, which focuses on environmental sustainability, energy resources, and water and food security in the Persian/Arabian Gulf, at international venues in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

A recording of Dr. Alhanaee's seminar can be viewed here. 

Photo - Al-Sharif Nasser Bin Nasser Al-Sharif Nasser Bin Nasser

September 30, 2020

"The Middle East Scientific Institute for Security's Activities and Approach to Regional Capacity Building in the Mideast"

Managing Director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS), Al-Sharif Nasser Bin Nasser will speak on building sustainable capacity in the Middle East. This discussion will be a general overview of MESIS activities and their approach to capacity building in the region. Mr. Bin Nasser was the first speaker in the CMC’s Seminar Series, celebrating the past and future of collaborative scientific engagements.