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

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 - Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017   |   12:15 - 1:45 PM   |  SRH 3.122

On Wednesday, September 27, the Intelligence Studies Project and Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project, in partnership with the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and Strauss and Clements centers, welcomed John A. Lauder, a retired senior CIA official, for a discussion on nuclear agreements with Iran and North Korea.

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In remarks to an overflow crowd of students, faculty, and community guests, Mr. Lauder explored lessons of past international efforts to block nuclear proliferation and reflected on the positive and enduring value of nuclear agreements that include strong monitoring provisions. Mr. Lauder explained the role played by intelligence agencies in monitoring arms control agreements, and the separate process by which governments determine whether a party’s performance under an agreement is verified. Mr. Lauder described the role technology may play in an effective monitoring regime. 

The full video of Mr. Lauder’s talk can be viewed below. While in Austin, Mr. Lauder graciously agreed to meet privately with students and also lecture in two separate LBJ School seminars addressing, respectively, intelligence and nonproliferation policymaking.

To view photos of the event, please follow this link.



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Mr. 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.