US Foreign Policy

A Conversation with Dr. Chris Ford, Assistant Secretary of State

This is the event was rescheduled from October

As the Nuclear Security Summits recede into the past, it is important that the world’s leaders not forget about nuclear security. Where the Summits played a valuable role in jump-starting attention to this challenge, the global community must now do the longer-term work of making sound nuclear security into a day-to-day habit, rather than just a mere pledge.  In a world in which terrorist organizations do seek to acquire nuclear or other radioactive materials, nuclear security is far too important not to be routinized. Dr. Christopher Ford will discuss the State Department’s efforts to encourage a “new normal” that establishes healthy patterns that can and will be sustained indefinitely. Bringing this about should be the core of our collective nuclear security agenda.


Introduction: Brian Finlay, President & CEO, The Stimson Center

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Ashley Ford, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

Dr. Christopher Ford was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation on January 9, 2018. Before coming to ISN, Dr. Ford 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. Read full bio.

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