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Kittrie awarded MacArthur Foundation grant

May 23, 2013

Professor Orde Kittrie has been awarded a $185,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation for a project titled, “Combating Criminal Involvement in Nuclear Trafficking.” The grant is shared between Kittrie and Professor Louise Shelley of the George Mason University School of Public Policy, who is the co-principal investigator.

The project will analyze the past, present and potential future role of non-ideological criminals, including corrupt officials, in the trafficking of nuclear material and of dual-use nuclear equipment and technology. Kittrie and Shelley will develop and disseminate recommendations for deterring, detecting and disrupting the criminals’ involvement.

Kittrie is a professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and a non-resident senior fellow with ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership. He has extensive experience with nuclear nonproliferation issues, having chaired the Nonproliferation, Arms Control & Disarmament interest group of the American Society of International Law from 2008 to 2012, and also testified before committees of the Senate and House on issues relating to nuclear nonproliferation. Kittrie is a former senior attorney for nuclear affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where he negotiated five nuclear nonproliferation agreements between the United States and Russia and helped negotiate at the United Nations the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.