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Distinguished Speakers Series

Upcoming Speakers

Dr. Brent K. Park

Dr. Brent K. Park

November 19, 2020

Sandia welcomes NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Dr. Brent K. Park as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

In his talk, Dr. Park will discuss the importance of technical expertise and scientific collaboration to the future of nuclear nonproliferation.

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 Past Speakers

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

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.

To register, please email your full name and organization to by 5:00 pm MST on December 2

Past Seminars

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.