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Gary Samore

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Gary Samore

Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Contact:
Telephone: (617) 496-4410
Email: gary_samore@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

As of February 2013, Dr. Gary Samore is the Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Prior to that, he served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), including as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea.  As WMD Coordinator, he served as the principal advisor to the President on all matters relating to arms control and the prevention of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and WMD terrorism, and coordinated United States government activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent proliferation and WMD terrorism and promote international arms control efforts.

From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Samore was Vice President for Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, where he held the Maurice R. Greenberg chair and directed the David Rockefeller Studies Program.  Before joining CFR, Dr. Samore was vice president for global security and sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, and from 2001 to 2005, he was Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.  At IISS, he produced three “strategic dossiers” on Iran (2005), North Korea (2004), and Iraq (2002), which are considered authoritative and exemplary assessments of nuclear, biological, chemical, and missile programs in those countries.

Dr. Samore was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Export controls during the Clinton Administration.  He was responsible for formulating and coordinating U.S. policy to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and missile delivery systems. Before the National Security Council, Dr. Samore worked on nonproliferation issues at the Department of State. In 1995, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service for his role in negotiating the 1994 North Korea nuclear agreement.   Prior to the State Department, he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Rand Corporation.

Dr. Samore was a National Science Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, where he received his MA and PhD in government in 1984.  While at Harvard, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at what was then the Harvard Center for Science and International Affairs, later to become the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.


Assistant Info:
Stefanie Le 
Telephone: 617-496-4410
Email: stefanie_le@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

By Date

 

2014

AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

June 2, 2014

"Will Iran Strike A Nuclear Deal by July?"

Op-Ed, Politico

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The most recent round of nuclear talks in Vienna between Iran and six major world powers was a sticker-shock moment. For the first time, negotiators presented Iran with the specific bill of nuclear concessions it would have to make in exchange for comprehensive sanctions relief.

 

 

(AP Photo/Bart Maat, POOL)

March 20, 2014

2014 Nuclear Security Summit Q&A

News

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

President Obama will travel to The Netherlands this weekend for the third Nuclear Security Summit to be held on March 24-25, 2014. Belfer Center nuclear experts Graham Allison and Gary Samore review in a short Q&A why the Summit is important and what it hopes to achieve.

 

 

AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

February 18, 2014

"Obama Weapons Expert: No Chance of Success With Iran"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Bloomberg

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Executive Director for Research, Gary Samore, sits down with Bloomberg News' Jeffrey Goldberg to discuss the potential of success with nuclear talks in Iran.

 

 

AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

February 7, 2014

A Joint Plan of Action for North Korea?

Op-Ed

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

On November 24, 2013, Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and German) reached agreement on the Joint Plan of Action, an interim nuclear deal. Could the Joint Plan of Action, which went into effect on January 20, 2014, serve as a model for a nuclear agreement in the Six Party Talks?

 

2013

AP/Mustafa Quraishi

Winter 2013-14

Q & A with Gary Samore

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Gary Samore is the executive director for research at the Belfer Center. Prior to that, he served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, including as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea.

We asked him for about prospects for breakthroughs with Iran and Syria, and his goals for the Belfer Center.

 

 

September 30, 2013

"Transcending Mutual Deterrence in the U.S.-Russian Relationship"

Paper

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Kuznetsov Valentin, Yuri Morozov, Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Viktor I. Yesin and Pavel S. Zolotarev

Even as this paper was being written and edited, U.S.-Russian relations have warmed and chilled. Today, as we are about to go to press, marks a particularly chilly period in recent history, with the cancellation of a planned Moscow Summit in September 2013. To some, this cold spell might signal an inapt moment to consider issues related to transcending mutual deterrence. Such a view would overlook the aims of the paper, which attempts to assess the central and enduring interests of the United States and Russia, the extent to which they coincide or conflict, and whether or not in light of these interests mutual deterrence should remain a fundamental feature of the relationship.

 

 

July 17, 2013

Gary Samore Discusses Red Lines for Iran's Nuclear Program at the 2013 Aspen Security Forum

Presentation

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Gary Samore, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs's Executive Director for Research, spoke on a panel entitled "Iran: Crossing the Red Line?" at the Aspen Security Forum in July of 2013.

The videotaped discussion is available here.

 

 

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

June 1, 2013

Making a Difference: Creating and Implementing the Prague Agenda

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Carnegie Reporter, issue 2, volume 9

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

What is the value of nongovernment organizations, both in the academy and think tank worlds, to government policymakers? How are such outsiders useful (or not) to policymakers and what can be done to make them more useful? I’ve considered these questions from all three sides—as a government official, foundation funder, and think tanker. Most recently, from 2009 to 2013, I served as a political appointee, as President Obama’s White House coordinator for arms control, nonproliferation, and WMD terrorism, and now I’m back on the outside as executive director for research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

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