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Former White House adviser on weapons of mass destruction to discuss Syria and Iran at USF
[10.08.2013]

TAMPA, Fla. -- Gary Samore, who served as President Barack Obama’s coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, proliferation, and terrorism, will discuss the crisis in Syria, America’s shifting relationship with Iran and the ongoing issues of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East in a conversation at USF’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Patel Center for Global Solutions on USF’s Tampa campus. It is free and open to the public. The conversation will be moderated by USF Professor Mohsen Milani, executive director of USF World’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies.

Samore is a frequent commentator for leading national news programs on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, including this recent appearance on NBC News’ Meet the Press.

“This conversation is extremely timely given the historic telephone call between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as the on-going crisis in Syria and the United Nations efforts to rid that troubled nation of chemical weapons,” Milani said.

Samore is the executive director for research at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. He also serves as a nonresident senior fellow in theArms Control Initiative with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence for the Brookings Institution. He is an expert on nuclear weapons, arms control and nonproliferation as well as nuclear security and energy.

A former senior fellow for nonproliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Samore is the author of three IISS “strategic dossiers” on Iran (2005), North Korea (2004), and Iraq (2002), which are considered authoritative and exemplary assessments of nuclear, biological, chemical, and missile programs in those countries. Samore also served as senior director for nonproliferation and export controls during the Clinton administration.

USF World’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies conducts interdisciplinary research on national security issues and develops programs dealing with diplomacy and strategy, serving as a bridge among academia, the private sector and the government.

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