Nuclear Collisions: Discord, Reform & the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime


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Steven E. Miller, Wael Al-Assad, Jayantha Dhanapala, C. Raja Mohan, and Ta Minh Tuan
Global Nuclear Future

Wael Al-Assad is Director of Multilateral Relations and, from January 2012, Special Advisor on Arms Control to the Secretary General at the League of Arab States in Cairo. He is Cochair of the Arab governmental committee working to draft a treaty that would establish a weapons of mass destruction–free zone in the Middle East. He works on the coordination of conflict-prevention activities and, since 1989, has been responsible for cooperation with the UN and other international and regional organizations. He has published a number of papers and articles on disarmament issues and international relations.

Jayantha Dhanapala is President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. Previously he served as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva (1984–1987); Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States (1995– 1997); and UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs (1998– 2003). In 1995, he served as President of the NPT Review and Extension Conference, in which the indefinite extension was successfully negotiated. In 1998, he was chosen to be commissioner of the special team inspecting nuclear sites in Iraq. He was appointed head of the special team of diplomats inspecting presidential sites in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction. From 1987 to 1992, he was Director of the UN Institute of Disarmament Research. His recent appointments include Visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, in Spring 2008; Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, in Fall 2009; and Senior Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace from March through June 2010.

Steven E. Miller is Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal International Security and coeditor of the International Security Program’s book series, Belfer Center Studies in International Security (MIT Press). He was Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and taught Defense and Arms Control Studies in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is editor or coeditor of more than two dozen books, including, most recently, Going Nuclear: Nuclear Proliferation and International Security in the 21st Century (2010) and Contending with Terrorism: Roots, Strategies, and Responses (2010). He also edited two special issues of Daedalus “On the Global Nuclear Future” (with Scott D. Sagan, 2009 and 2010) and coauthored the American Academy’s monograph War with Iraq: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives (2002). He is Cochair of the U.S. Pugwash Committee, a member of the Council of International Pugwash, a member of the Advisory Committee of SIPRI, a member of the Scientific Committee of the Landau Network Centro Volta (Italy), and a former member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. He serves as Cochair of the Academy’s Committee on International Security Studies and Codirector of the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative.

C. Raja Mohan is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Consulting Editor on Foreign Affairs for The Indian Express. He is also a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore, and Non-Resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. He has served on the UN Intergovernmental Committee on Arms Control in Outer Space and on India’s National Security Advisory Board. In 2009, he was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His research interests include Asian security, nuclear proliferation and arms control, South Asian international relations, and India’s foreign and defense policies.

Ta Minh Tuan is Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister in the Office of the Government, Vietnam. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. He is a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) from Vietnam, a member of CSCAP’s study group on Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Asia Pacific, and a member of the Young Leaders Program, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research interests include Vietnam’s politics and foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy, Vietnam-U.S. relations, nonproliferation of WMD, nuclear energy in the Asia Pacific, and Vietnam’s nuclear power program.