Commission

James M. Acton is a Senior Associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A physicist by training, his current research focuses on the strategic implications of next-generation conventional weapons. Acton was co-chair of the Next Generation Working Group on U.S.-Russia arms control and was a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. He has provided evidence to the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. His publications, which span the field of nuclear policy, include the Adelphi Book, Deterrence During Disarmament: Deep Nuclear Reductions.

Expertise:
nonproliferation, deterrence, disarmament,  Iranian and North Korean nuclear capabilities

Anatoli S. Diakov is a Professor of physics and a Researcher at the Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Diakov has written papers on nuclear arms reductions, the history of Russia’s plutonium production, disposition options for excess plutonium, and the feasibility of converting Russia’s icebreaker reactors from highly enriched to low-enriched uranium as well as on many other topics relating to nuclear arms control and disarmament.

Expertise:
nuclear arms reductions, Russia's plutonium production, disposition options for excess plutonium

Victor Esin is a former Colonel General. He graduated from Dzerzhinsky Artillery Academy and received a degree in Command and Staff and Operational Strategic Activity at Marshal Voroshilov Military Academy of the WPRA General Staff. From August 1995 to December 1996 he served as Chief of Staff and Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces. Between December 1996 and February 2002, Esin worked at the Presidential Administration of Russia: first in the administration of the Defence Board and later in the administration of the Security Council. Since March 2002, he has served as a consultant of the Commander of Strategic Rocket Forces. Esin has worked at the Institute of the United States and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences as a leading researcher since July, 2002. He is a Professor of Military Science at the Russian Academy of Military Science.

Expertise:
international security, disarmament, and arms control

Steve Fetter served until August 2012 as Assistant Director at-Large at the US Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. His academic experience ranges from fellowships at Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harvard University Center for Science and International Affairs, MIT Plasma Fusion Center and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Fetter has extensive governmental experience, including U.S. Department of State, Council on Foreign Relations, and Department of Defense. He served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences. His consultancy was asked by the Department of Homeland Security, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the Office of Technology Assessment.

Expertise:
nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear energy and releases of radiation

Dennis M. Gormley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. Professor Gormley has chaired or served on numerous Department of Defense and intelligence advisory panels - most recently on a panel assisting the Deputy Director of National Intelligence plan and implement the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for improving intelligence integration. He frequently furnishes expert testimony to Congress and has served as a consultant to, among many others, Sandia National Laboratories, RAND Corporation and the Brookings Institution. He served for 10 years in the US intelligence community, 20 years as a senior officer and board member of Pacific-Sierra Research focusing on international security, arms control, and weapons proliferation.

Expertise:
nuclear arms control, the use of drones and the consequences of their proliferation

Gregory G. Govan is a retired Brigadier General and served in the U.S. Army for 31 years. During the Cold War he was a liaison officer to the senior Soviet military commander in Germany and military attaché in the U.S. Embassy, Moscow.  Following the end of the Cold War he served a third tour in Moscow as Defense Attaché.  For two years until retirement in 1995 he led the Department of Defense agency responsible for on site inspections. For the next six years he served as the senior arms control representative to the governing bodies of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty and Open Skies and was appointed and confirmed with the rank of Ambassador in 2000. For three more years he led a senior-level interagency center seeking innovative solutions to enduring national security problems, retiring from government service in March 2005.

Expertise:
U.S. arms control policies, verification, CFE, Open Skies

Erwin Häckel is Professor at the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relation (DGAP). Currently Häckel serves as Associate Fellow and Head of the DGAP working group on Non-proliferation, Weapons of Mass Destruction and sensitive technologies. He has extensive experience gathered while working at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the European University Institute in Florence, University of Konstanz, Münster, Trier, Köln, Erlangen, FU Berlin, Wuppertal, Potsdam, Landau, Bonn as well as at the Europe College in Brugge.

Expertise:

international security, armaments and arms control, international organizations

Ulrich Kühn is a Researcher at IFSH and coordinator of the Deep Cuts project. He has worked as a Political Desk Officer to the Division for Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation of the German Federal Foreign Office. In 2011 he was named a United Nations Fellow on Disarmament. He is also a co-initiator of the Initiative for the Development of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Security Community (IDEAS). Kühn has published on conventional and nuclear arms control, CSBMs, and Euro-Atlantic security.

 

Expertise:

European security issues, OSCE, CFE, CSBMs, nuclear arms control

Catherine McArdle Kelleher is Professor Emerita of Strategic Research at the Naval War College, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and College Park Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She has served the U.S. government under President Clinton as the Personal Representative of the Secretary of Defense, as Defense Advisor to the US Mission to NATO, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. She was on President Carter's National Security Council staff. Kelleher served as vice chair of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academies of Sciences. She is as a member of several advisory boards, inter alia the Arms Control Association, GCSP, SIPRI North America and DCAF.

Expertise:

conventional and nuclear arms control, German, Russian, and European security issues

Oliver Meier is an Associate to the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He was a Senior Researcher with IFSH Hamburg and served on the staff of Uta Zapf, Member of the Foreign Relations Committee and Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation in the German Bundestag. Meier was Senior Arms Control and Disarmament Researcher with VERTIC London and Senior Analyst with BASIC Berlin. He was a fellow at the Center for Arms Control and International Security, Stanford University. From 2008-2011 he worked on a project funded by the German Found for Peace Research about the impact of technology transfers on the legitimacy of non-proliferation regimes. For many years he was an Arms Control Association International Representative.

Expertise:

disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation of WMD, control of dual-use technologies

Eugene Miasnikov is Director of the Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies. He is an Associated Editor of the Science and Global Security journal and a Member of the Advisory Board of PIR Center. Miasnikov has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a visiting fellow at the Defense and Arms Control Studies Program (currently, Security Studies Program) of MIT, where he studied current state-of-the-art of submarine detection and its impact on strategic stability in the world. He was graduated from the Department of Aerophysics and Space Research of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 1985. He has extensively published on non-strategic nuclear weapons and UAVs.

Expertise:

nuclear arms reductions, survivability of strategic forces and its impact on strategic stability in the world, technical issues of arms control

Victor Mizin is currently Leading Researcher at the Center for post-Soviet Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). From 1978 to January 2001 he served as a diplomat to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and the Russian Federation. He was engaged in negotiations involving disarmament, non-proliferation of WMD and related technologies, space policy, export controls, and the situation in Iraq and the former Yugoslavia. He was delegation member to numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations on disarmament including strategic arms reductions, INF, and at the Conference on Disarmament. He also worked as a Consultant to the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly (Senate) of the Russian Federation. Victor Mizin holds a Ph.D. in History.

Expertise:

nuclear arms control, strategic stability, Russia-US and Russia-NATO strategic dialogue

Götz Neuneck is Deputy Director of IFSH Hamburg. He is Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Natural Sciences, University of Hamburg. Neuneck worked at the Afheldt Working Group of the Max Planck Society on questions of strategy, military technologies, and arms control. He is member of the Board of the German Physical Society, chairing the working group on Physics and Disarmament. He is Pugwash representative of the Association of German Scientists as well as member of the Pugwash Council. A physicist by training he earned his Dr. rer. nat. at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Mathematics. His research area includes nuclear arms control and disarmament, BMD, missile proliferation, cyber security, non-proliferation of military technology, and outer space technologies.

Expertise:

nuclear arms control and disarmament, missile proliferation, non-proliferation of military technology

Sergei Oznobishchev is Head of Section at the Center for International Security, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Deputy Chairman of the Russia-USA Association. He is a member of the expert council of the International Relations Committee of the Federation Council, the expert council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the board of the Russian Political Science Association, the International Pugwash Committee, the board of the Baltic Forum and the Council for Foreign Policy and Defense. Oznobishchev was head of the organizational and research department of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1998-2001), member of the Atlantic Group under the Presidential National Security Adviser (1995-1998). Oznobishchev was an expert at the USSR delegation to negotiations on CFE.

Expertise:

security, arms reduction, foreign and domestic policies of Russia

Steven Pifer is Director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative and a senior fellow at the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe. Pifer is a retired foreign service officer with an over 25 years of experience with the State Department, where he was working on US relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), US Ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), Special Assistant to the President, and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997). In addition to Ukraine, he served at the US embassies in Warsaw, Moscow, and London as well as with the US delegation to the INF negotiations. He specializes in arms control, Russia, and Ukraine.

Expertise:

arms control, Ukraine and Russia issues

Sergey Rogov is the Director of The Institute for the USA and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Affairs in 1971 and received the Candidate degree in historical sciences in 1977 and the Doctor degree in historical sciences in 1984 from the Institute of USA and Canada. Amongst other affiliations he is Member of the Economic Council under the Government of the Rusian Federation, Member of the Advisory Board of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Member of the Advisory Council of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, Advisor to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the States Duma of the Russian Federation, and Chairman of the Advisory Board on Foreign Policy at the Council of the Russian Federation. Rogov is the Author of 300 articles and 16 books.

Expertise:

Russian foreign and security policy, nuclear disarmament and arms control

Walter Jürgen Schmid is a former German diplomat. He has been Ambassador with residence in Moscow (2005-2010) and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See. Ambassador Schmid studied law in Tübingen, Munich, Aix-en-Provence in 1968-1973. He joined the Federal Foreign Office in 1976. His diplomatic appointments include the Embassies of Germany in Montevideo (1979-1982), in Ankara (1982-1985), in Conakry (Guinea) (1992-1994). He also held positions of Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Federal Government for Disarmament and Arms Control. Ambassador Schmid is lawyer by training. He earned a Doctor of Law in 1975. He also gathered experience as Researcher at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in London (1995-1996).

Expertise:

Russia, disarmament and arms control

Walther Stützle is a German politician and a former State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence. He has been working for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Since 1969, Stützle has held various positions within the Federal Ministry of Defence; amongst other, he chaired the Ministry's Policy Planning Staff. From 1986 to 1991, Stützle led the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) as the Institute's Director. From 1998 to 2002, he was State Secretary of Defence under Minister Rudolf Scharping in the SPD-the Greens coalition of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Stützle is a Reserve Lieutenant-Colonel of the Navy and author of various monographs and articles. He has been working as a journalist for many years. From 1994 to 1998 he was the editor in chief of the Berliner Tagesspiegel.

Expertise:

German and European foreign and security policy, international arms control

Greg Thielmann is a Senior Fellow of ACA. He has extensive governmental experience, specializing in political-military and intelligence issues. For over 25 years he served as a top Foreign Service official at the US State Department, working in arms control and security issues with the last serving as Director of the Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Affairs Office in the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His foreign posts include Deputy Political Counselor of the US Embassy in Brasilia, Political-Military Affairs Officer in Moscow, and Political-Military Affairs Officer in Bonn. He also worked as a Senior Professional Staffer of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of German, Austrian, and Swiss Affairs, as Special Assistant to Amb. Nitze and as State Department advisor to the US INF delegation.

Expertise:

threat assessments, nuclear and missile proliferation, U.S.-Russian strategic arms control

Andrei Zagorski is Director of the Department of Disarmament and Conflict Regulation at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences and Professor of International Relationsat the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), where he served as Vice-Rector (1992-1999). In 1999-2001, he was Senior Vice President, Director of the International Security Program and Project Director of the EastWest Institute (Prague office). In 2002 he taught as Faculty Member at GCSP. Zagorski served as an expert of Soviet delegations at several CSCE meetings.

Expertise:

European security, arms control, post-Soviet studies, Arctic studies, conflict resolution and negotiations studies

Wolfgang Zellner is Deputy Director of IFSH Hamburg and Head of the Centre for OSCE Research. In 2012 he led the multi-stakeholder project IDEAS on the establishment of a European and Eurasian security community. He is a former Scientific Adviser to Katrin Fuchs, Member of the German Bundestag (Member of Defence Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, Sub-Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control), where he has been dealing with issues of security and military policy, European arms control, and the CFE negotiations. He received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin. Zellner is a member of the editorial board of Security and Human Rights. He has extensive research experience in the field of European security issues, the OSCE, conventional arms control in Europe, ethno-political conflicts, and transnational threats and risks.

Expertise:

European security issues, OSCE, conventional arms control in Europe