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Karin L. Look currently leads the Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (VCI) in the absence of an Assistant Secretary.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary in the VCI Bureau since 2000, DAS Look led, among other efforts, the Bureau’s involvement in the negotiation of the Moscow Treaty, U.S. analysis of the verifiability of the FMCT, U.S. implementation of Libya’s 2003 commitment to end its WMD and long-range missile programs, and U.S. leadership in the NATO High Level Task Force addressing Russia’s refusal to implement commitments under the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty and the resulting need for Allied unity of purpose.
Prior to joining the VC Bureau in 2000, Mrs. Look was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Verification and Technology in the Bureau of Arms Control. Before the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency's (ACDA) integration into the Department of State in 1999, Mrs. Look was the Division Chief of ACDA's Strategic Negotiations and Implementation Division, Division Chief of the office responsible for political, military, technical and economic issues as they related to the denuclearization of Eurasia, and the Legal Advisor to the U.S. INF Delegation. She also served as the Legal Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers Agreement negotiations, the U.S. Delegation to the ABM Treaty's Special Consultative Commission and the U.S. Delegation to the INF Treaty's Special Verification Commission. Mrs. Look began her work as an attorney in the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of General Counsel.
Mrs. Look has her J. D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School and a M. A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her undergraduate degree in Political Economy is from Sweet Briar College where she became a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mrs. Look, a member of the Senior Executive Service since 1989, is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, among them: Presidential Rank Award, State's Superior Honor Award (Libya), ACDA’s Superior Honor Award (leadership on strategic issues), ACDA’s Meritorious Honor Award (INF Treaty), letter from President Reagan for her work as the Legal Advisor for the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers Agreement, and a letter from U.S. National Security Advisor Scowcroft for her role in resolving a major INF Treaty implementation dispute with the Soviet Union.