Richard Cupitt

Senior Fellow and Director

Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention

Richard T. Cupitt is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention program at Stimson. His areas of expertise include WMD nonproliferation, export controls, and foreign policy. Prior to joining Stimson, he served as the Special Coordinator for U.N. Security Council resolution 1540 in the Office of Counterproliferation Initiatives at the U.S. State Department from 2012 through 2016. As such, he led U.S. government efforts to further implementation of the more than two hundred legally binding obligations and recommendations of the resolution, which aims to combat proliferation of WMD and their means of delivery, especially to non-state actors such as terrorists and criminal organizations. From 2005 to 2012, he worked as an Expert for the Committee established pursuant to U.N. Security Council resolution 1540 (2004), a subsidiary body of the U.N. Security Council, monitoring and facilitating implementation of the resolution in all U.N. Member States, along with building relationships with more than forty international organizations, coordinating assistance activities, and conducting outreach with industry and academia. Elected coordinator of the Experts from 2010-2012, his also led the work in several specialized areas including combating the financing of proliferation and export controls.    

From 2004 to 2008, Cupitt also held a position as Scholar-in-Residence at American University and worked as Special Adviser for International Cooperation for the U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce in the Bureau of Industry and Security from 2002-2004. From 1988 to 2002, Cupitt had various posts for the Center International Trade and Security (CITS) of the University of Georgia, including Associate Director, as well as acting as a visiting scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2000-2002. Cupitt also has held academic positions at Emory University and the University of North Texas. He has produced four books and more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on nonproliferation export controls, along with dozens of other security or trade-oriented publications. In addition, he has served as a consultant on projects for the U.S. State Department, several U.S. national commissions, U.S. national nuclear laboratories, and various international organizations.

Projects

The ubiquity of radioactive materials in modern society poses serious security risks

Applied research on distributed ledger technology to improve trust, security, and transparency

Preventing the proliferation of dangerous and dual use chemicals with research, resources, and analysis

Keeping the most dangerous weapons out of the worst hands by facilitating assistance partnerships

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Policy Paper
Match or Mismatch?: Comparing Formal Requests and Offers for Assistance in Border and Export Controls

Originally published in the Strategic Trade Review Journal Originally published in the Strategic Trade Research Journal Volume 5, Issue 7, Winter 2019.

Commentary
Preventing Biological and Chemical Weapons Proliferation during COVID-19

Even in a pandemic, global governance institutions still need to prevent the spread of biological and chemical weapons.

Data Tool
Radiological Trade Controls by UN Member States

Databases of UN Member States’ legal measures related to radiological trade controls

Data Tool
Radiological Source Security by UN Member States

Databases of UN Member States’ legal measures that include an explicit obligation to secure radioactive sources, related apparatus, or facilities to empower stakeholders

Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention Program

Assistance Support Initiative States worldwide struggle to implement effectively the obligations of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 and other international nonproliferation treaties and commitments.  As a result, States, international g…

Commentary
Richard T. Cupitt Joins Stimson as Senior Associate

The Stimson Center announced today that Richard T. Cupitt has been appointed as a Senior Associate and Director of the Center’s new Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention program. The Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention program supports the 1540…

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