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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

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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.  He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and President of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  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.


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

 

 

By Date

 

2015

June 2015

Sanctions Against Iran: A Guide to Targets, Terms, and Timetables

Report

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

To assist Members of Congress and observers in analyzing these issues and judging a potential comprehensive agreement, the Belfer Center prepared this brief to outline the key facets of sanctions against Iran. Written as an addendum to our April policy brief, ‘Decoding the Iran Nuclear Deal,’ this report is driven by the policy debate’s leading questions.

 

 

April 2015

Decoding the Iran Nuclear Deal

Report

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

On April 2, 2015, the E.U. (speaking on behalf of the P5+1 countries) and Iran announced agreement on “key parameters” for a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The E.U.-Iran Joint Statement is buttressed by unilateral facts sheets issued by the U.S. and Iran, which provide further details of the framework accord. Negotiators now turn to translating this framework accord into a final comprehensive agreement by June 30, 2015. Members of Congress and their staffs, as well as informed citizens, are now focusing on the Iranian challenge and assessing the framework accord. The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School has prepared this Policy Brief summarizing key facts, core concepts, and major arguments for and against the current deal aimed at stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The purpose of this Policy Brief is not to advocate support for or opposition to the tentative deal that has been negotiated, but rather to provide an objective, nonpartisan summary to inform Members and others in coming to their own conclusions. The team of experts who prepared this report includes Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and internationals, who have many disagreements among themselves but who agree that this Brief presents the essentials objectively.

 

 

March 31, 2015

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board: Report of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation

Report

By Albert Carnesale, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, John M. Deutch, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Secretary of Energy on December 20, 2013 established the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation (TFNN) and charged it to “advise the DOE on future areas of emphasis for its nuclear nonproliferation activities by addressing the following questions:

1. What are the current and likely future challenges to nuclear nonproliferation?

2. What should DOE be doing to help the United States Government prepare to meet those challenges?

3. What are DOE’s current areas of emphasis in nuclear nonproliferation?

4. In what ways should DOE’s nuclear nonproliferation efforts be modified and/or expanded?

5. What obstacles stand in the way of making the recommended changes in DOE’s nuclear nonproliferation activities, and how might they be overcome?”

 

2014

December 3, 2014

"Iran Nuclear Negotiations: The Last Extension?"

Testimony

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

Executive Director for Research, Dr. Gary Samore, testifies at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing, " Dismantling Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program: Next Steps to Achieve A Comprehensive Deal."

 

 

Associated Press

October 10, 2014

"Can Iran and the United States Make a Meaningful Deal?"

Q&A

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

It appears increasingly likely there will not be a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program by the late-November deadline, says nuclear expert Gary Samore. Washington and Tehran, he says, remain too far apart on how large Iran's enrichment program should be, but they are interested in working out an extension of talks.

 

 

September 19, 2014

"Future of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations"

Speech

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

Dr. Gary Samore addresses on the status of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran at the Global Strategic Review for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Oslo, Norway earlier this month.

 

 

AP Images

August 12, 2014

"Cornering Putin Could Backfire"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

The Ukrainian army has made significant gains against pro-Russian separatists in recent weeks, forcing the rebels to retreat to pockets around Donetsk and Luhansk. Victory seems to be within the Ukrainian soldiers’ grasp, but can it be attained and will it last?

 

 

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.

 

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