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Sharon Squassoni to Lecture at W&L on Nonproliferation Issues

Sharon Squassoni, a senior associate in the Nonproliferation Program with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will give a lecture in the Johnson Lecture Series at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in Room 345 of the Elrod Commons.

She has been analyzing nonproliferation, arms control and national security issues for two decades. Her research focuses on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear energy.

Squassoni’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “The Obama Nuclear Agenda.” She will discuss a number of related arms control issues including nonproliferation in Iran and North Korea.

Squassoni came to Carnegie from the Congressional Research Service (CRS). As a specialist in weapons of mass destruction proliferation, she provided expert analyses and advice on policy and legislation to members of the United States Congress.

Prior to joining CRS, she served for nine years in the executive branch, beginning her government career as a nuclear safeguards expert in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Her last position at the State Department was director of Policy Coordination in the Nonproliferation Bureau.

Squassoni has contributed to journals, magazines and books on nuclear proliferation and defense. Her most recent publications include “The Iranian Nuclear Program,” a chapter in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy (University of Georgia Press, 2009); “Nuclear Energy: Rebirth or Resuscitation?” Carnegie Report, February 2009; and “The New Disarmament Discussion,” Current History, January 2009. She is the recipient of various service awards and a MacArthur fellowship.

Her areas of expertise include nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, nuclear safeguards, nuclear energy, NPT compliance, arms control, national security, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Iran.

Squassoni received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany; her M.P.M. from the University of Maryland; and her M.N.S.S. from the National War College.