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The Nuclear, Biological, and Space Arms Control Challenges Facing the Next Administration

Presented by: Christopher Chyba (Princeton University)
Category: Special Interest   Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes   Broadcast date: October 30, 2008
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Christopher Chyba, a Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and International Affairs and Director of the Program on Science & Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School, presents a talk on the non-proliferation challenges facing the incoming Obama administration. Chyba served on the White House staff from 1993-1995, entering as a White House Fellow, working on the National Security Council staff, and then in the National Security Division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. As a consultant after leaving the White House, he drafted President Clinton's directive on responding to emerging infectious diseases, and a report on preparing for biological terrorism. In 1996, Chyba received the Presidential Early Career Award, "for demonstrating exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of science and technology during the 21st century." In 2001, he was named a MacArthur Fellow for his work in both international security and planetary science. Chyba currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee for International Security and Arms Control, is past chair of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies' Committee on Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars, and past member of the National Academy's Committee on Advances in Technology and the Prevention of Their Application to Next Generation Biowarfare Threats. He served on the executive committee of NASA's Space Science Advisory Committee, for which he chaired the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee.