[PAST EVENT] Symposium on the Iran Nuclear Accord: Diplomatic Success or Dangerous Path?

April 11, 2016
Law School, Room 119
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Jeff Kaplow, Assistant Professor of Government at W&M, will moderate a panel of experts: Newell Highsmith, Office of the Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State; Orde Kittrie, Professor of Law, Arizona State University; and Lawrence Wilkerson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at W&M. Full bios below:

Orde Kittrie. Prior to entering academia, Kittrie served for eleven years at the U.S. Department of State, where he received the Department's Superior Honor Award and its Meritorious Honor Award. As the Department's lead nuclear affairs attorney, Kittrie helped negotiate five U.S.-Russia nuclear agreements and a U.N. treaty to combat nuclear terrorism. In other assignments at the State Department, Kittrie served as the Department's lead attorney for strategic trade controls and as special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. Kittrie is also the author of the book Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War (Oxford University Press, 2016). The book describes how and why law is becoming an increasingly powerful and prevalent weapon of war, and illustrates this development with examples of lawfare use by the U.S., China, Israel, the Palestinians, and several non-governmental organizations and individuals. The book includes a detailed description and analysis of how the U.S. Treasury Department squeezed Iran financially in an effort to peacefully coerce Iran into halting its nuclear program through the Iran nuclear accord.

Lawrence Wilkerson. Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. His last positions in the US Government were chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department's Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass (2001-2002). Wilkerson served 31 years in the US Army as both enlisted man and officer from 1966 to 1997. His final assignments were as Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell (1989-1993) and, later, as Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College (1993-1997).

Newell Highsmith.
BA - UNC-Chapel Hill; JD - Harvard Law School
Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (1987-present)
o Deputy Legal Adviser (2013-present)
o Assistant Legal Adviser for Arms Control and Nonproliferation (2003-2013)
o Assistant Legal Adviser for European Affairs (2002-2003)
o Detailed to National Security Council as Deputy Legal Adviser (1998)
Major projects/negotiations:
o Iran: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (2013-2015)
o Syria: Chemical Weapons Removal (2013)
o Russia: New START strategic arms control agreement (2009-2010)
o U.S.-India Agreement for Nuclear Cooperation (2007-2008)
o Libya: WMD Elimination (2002-2003)
o U.S.-DPRK Agreed Framework and related agreements (1994-1996)
o Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan: nuclear status after dissolution of USSR (1991-1994)

Jeffrey Kaplow (moderator)
Jeff Kaplow is an Assistant Professor of Government at William & Mary, where his research focuses on nuclear proliferation, international and civil conflict, and international security institutions. Before coming to William & Mary, he was a fellow with the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation. He is the coauthor of the RAND publication, "The Days After a Deal with Iran: Implications for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime." In previous work, he analyzed foreign nuclear programs for the U.S. government. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, a master's degree in international security policy from Harvard's Kennedy School, and a B.A. in political science from Yale.

[[ncombs,Nancy Combs, Ernest W. Goodrich Professor of Law]]