Monitoring Nuclear Agreements with Iran and North Korea: Some Relevant Lessons from the Past

September 27, 2017  |  12:15PM - 1:45PM
SRH 3.122 - LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the Intelligence Studies Project and Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project, in partnership with the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Clements Center for National Security hosted John A. Lauder, a retired senior CIA official, for a discussion on nuclear agreements with Iran and North Korea. Select event photographs are found HERE. See below to view the video.


Mr. John Lauder is a leading authority on weapons of mass destruction, nonproliferation, arms control, homeland security, and intelligence analysis and collection. Mr. Lauder retired from the United States government in the fall of 2004 with over 33 years of managerial, analytical, and policy experience in the Central Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and as an arms control negotiator. He served subsequently for nine years as a senior manager and corporate officer within Areteꞌ Associates, a research and development company.

Mr. Lauder continues to be instrumental in advising and shaping nonproliferation, research, strategic planning, and business development activities in the public and private sectors and chairs, or is an active member of, government, academic, industry, and laboratory advisory panels and task forces. He has helped lead broadly focused studies to improve intelligence on weapons of mass destruction, to address consequence management, to facilitate verification of international agreements, and to define initiatives for enhancing the counter-WMD and situational awareness capabilities of the United States and its allies. He has recently been a leader of efforts to improve monitoring of Iranian nuclear programs, to anticipate new WMD-related trends, to identify and disrupt middlemen and supply networks in illicit activities, and to facilitate data collection and sharing on international health challenges. He has also helped private companies in aligning their capabilities and products to meet vital international and national security needs and in expanding their outreach to the government sector.

Mr. Lauder has been awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the NRO Gold Medal, and the Director of Central Intelligence’s Award for his leadership and innovation in collection systems, analytical approaches, and vital national security initiatives and decisions. He has a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Hiram College and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.