Ottawa, Canada — Today, President Obama’s former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) will address a high-profile group of leaders and policy makers at a CIGI Global Policy Forum in Ottawa on dealing with relentless challenges faced in the regions of Russia, North Korea, and Iran.

Dr. Gary Samore is a well-known expert on nuclear weapons, arms control and non-proliferation.

  • Event: CIGI Global Policy Forum – “Dealing with Hopeless Problems – Russia, North Korea, Iran,” featuring Dr. Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research and Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
    • Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    •  Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Rideau Club Lounge, Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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  • Media Registration: Media must RSVP in advance (see Media Contact below)

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 was President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) for four years. He served as principal advisor to the President on all matters relating to arms control and the prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism, as well as coordinating related United States government activities, initiatives, and programs.

Media Contact:

Erin Baxter, CIGI Public Affairs Coordinator
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7265, Email: [email protected]    

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