Former senior director for strategic planning and institutional reform, National Security Council staff. Author of Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Random House, 2005) and the recent Council Special Report Strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime.
U.S. national security policy; nuclear nonproliferation; diplomatic history; structure and process of U.S. national security policymaking.
Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform, National Security Council staff (2007-2009); Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2006-2007); law clerk to Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2005-2006).
Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Random House, 2005).
National Security Council award for outstanding performance (2008).
Violations of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by Iran and North Korea threaten to undermine the legitimacy of the nonproliferation regime. Paul Lettow proposes a comprehensive agenda for improvements, including tougher sanctions against transgressors, a criteria-based system to limit the spread of enrichment and processing technologies, and expansion of International Atomic Energy Agency authority.
A CFR expert on nuclear issues, Paul Lettow says President Obama's agenda will be heavily tilted toward nuclear issues in 2010. He says this is "the ideal moment for strong American leadership on these issues," and despite Obama's disappointment in not wrapping up a new START treaty by the end of the year, Lettow expects the treaty to be signed in early 2010.
Paul Lettow reviews the book, TheHawk and the Dove by Nicholas Thompson. A joint biography of Paul Nitze and George Kennan--two Soviet-era State Department officials--the book is hailed as "well conceived and deftly written," by Lettow.
Speakers: Dennis Gormley, Paul Lettow, Lawrence Scheinman, and Henry Sokolski Presider: Charles D. Ferguson
Policymakers, analysts, and expert observers gathered in Washington, DC, for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Workshop on Evaluating and Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime. Over the course of three sessions, workshop participants addressed these and other questions about the overall health of the nonproliferation regime, and how to improve it over the near and long terms.
Speakers: Charles Ferguson, Christopher A. Ford, and Paul Lettow Presider: Henry Sokolski
What stake does the United States have in the global nonproliferation regime as it currently exists? What are the risks and rewards of bilateral arrangements with countries such as India? How can loopholes in the NPT be closed? Should the United States ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty? What are the lessons of voluntary initiatives, such as the Proliferation Security Initiative, for a coalition approach to nonproliferation?
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