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Kittrie speaks at National Academy of Sciences


February 13, 2009

Professor Orde F. Kittrie, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, recently spoke at the unveiling of a joint report by the National Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Sciences on "The Future of the Nuclear Security Environment in 2015." Kittrie wrote a chapter in the report titled "Maximizing U.S.-Russian Nuclear Security Cooperation in 2015: Legal Obstacles and Opportunities."

The report provides the findings of a joint project to identify U.S. and Russian views on what the international nuclear environment will be in 2015, what challenges may arise from that environment, and what options the U.S. and Russia have in partnering to address those challenges.

In his remarks, delivered Thursday, Jan. 29, in Washington, D.C., Kittrie noted the report identifies "some very important and indeed exciting areas of similar thinking and common ground" between the U.S. and Russian participants, "several issues on which progress could quite possibly be made, and perhaps quickly" by the Obama administration. These include further reducing the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals and enhancing joint U.S.-Russian activities to combat nuclear terrorism and address nonproliferation challenges posed by third countries.

The full report is available here, and Kittrie's chapter can be read here.

Kittrie is a leading expert on nonproliferation law and policy. He testified on nonproliferation issues before both the U.S. Senate and House in 2008. In addition, he is one of 12 members of a special Congressionally-created committee to make recommendations on how to improve U.S. nonproliferation programs. Prior to joining the ASU law faculty in 2004, Kittrie served for eleven years at the U.S. Department of State, including as the Department's lead attorney for nuclear affairs. In that capacity, he participating in negotiating five U.S.-Russia nuclear agreements and a U.N. treaty to combat nuclear terrorism.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law