Breakfast Briefing - The Politics of Arms Control: Getting Beyond Post-Cold War Pathologies and Finding Security in a Competitive Environment

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An exclusive breakfast briefing with Dr Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Non-proliferation, performing the duties of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State.

In this briefing, Dr Ford will assess the various objectives and motivations shaping arms control advocacy and policies in the post-Cold War period, and emphasise the central role that security plays in the Trump Administration’s arms control strategy.

Speaker Biography 

Dr Christopher Ford was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for International Security and Non-proliferation on 9 January 2018. In his current capacity, he was additionally delegated the authorities and functions of the Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security on 21 October 2019. Before taking up his current appointment, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation at the National Security Council. Dr Ford began his public service in 1996 as Assistant Counsel to the Intelligence Oversight Board and then served on several Congressional staffs, including the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2003, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Verification and Compliance (now the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance). In 2006, he was named U.S. Special Representative for Nuclear Non-Proliferation, where he was responsible for U.S. diplomacy with respect to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. From 2008 to 2013, Dr Ford was a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, a foreign affairs and national security think tank. In 2013, he returned to Congress where he served on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He also served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1994 to 2011, receiving an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is the author of three books and scores of articles and monographs. Dr Ford earned an A.B., summa cum laude, at Harvard University, a D.Phil. at Oxford University in the United Kingdom (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. at Yale Law School.

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0800.

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