Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
Paolo Cotta-Ramusino has been Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Nobel Peace Prize 1995; www.pugwash.org) since August 2002. He is also Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Milano (Italy) and Senior Researcher at the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics. In 1983, he co-founded the Italian Union of Scientists for Disarmament (USPID), which organizes the Castiglioncello Conferences on problems related to Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He was formerly Director of the Program on Science, Technology and International Security at the Landau Network — Centro Volta (Como) where he conducted research on the conversion of Russian Nuclear Cities and the development of programs for cooperation on energy-related issues in the Korean peninsula.
Prof. Cotta-Ramusino has carried out research on tactical nuclear weapons, ballistic missile defense, and the Pakistani and Indian nuclear programs. Most recently, his work has revolved around the contentious issues surrounding Kashmir; the issues related to WMD-free zones in the Middle East; the situation in Syria; Iran as far as WMD's are concerned; and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.