Gary Samore

Vice President, Program on Global Security and Sustainability, The MacArthur Foundation

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.  Prior to that, he served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism.

Gary S. Samore was also previously the Vice President of the Program on Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Prior to joining the foundation, he was the Director of Studies and a Senior Fellow for Non-Proliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, England from 2001 to 2005.

Mr. Samore is an international authority on the science, technology and policy issues related to weapons of mass destruction.

From 1996 to 2001, he worked for the National Security Council and as Special Assistant to the President, focusing on issues relating to nonproliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

From 1987 to 1995, he worked at the Department of State in a variety of positions involving non-proliferation policy.

As Deputy to Ambassador-at-Large Robert Gallucci, he led U.S. expert-level negotiations with North Korea, the Republic of Korea and Japan, resulting in the completion of the 1994 US-North Korea Agreed Framework and the formation of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization in 1995.

Gary Samore is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He earned his MA and PhD, both in government, from Harvard University.

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