Ambassador Michael Guhin serves as a Special Negotiator with responsibility for leading U.S. efforts in the bilateral (U.S.-Russian) and trilateral (U.S.-Russian-International Atomic Energy Agency) negotiations to dispose of weapon-grade plutonium no longer required for their respective defense programs. In 2010, these efforts resulted in the successful amendment, signed by Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Lavrov, to the 2000 agreement that obligates each country to dispose of 34 metric tons of this plutonium, combined enough to build 17,000 nuclear weapons. He now leads negotiations on a first ever trilateral agreement to enable International Atomic Energy Agency verification of the U.S. and Russian disposition programs.
Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Guhin served in several senior level policy-making and policy-implementation positions. These include Counselor and Associate Assistant Director for Multilateral Affairs at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Delegation for the Conventional Forces in Europe negotiations, Director for Global Issues at the National Security Council, Director for Nuclear Cooperation and Nonproliferation at the Department of State, and Director of Nuclear Exports and Safeguards at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
He has received the Presidential Meritorious Service award as well as other awards for his accomplishments, and has published works on U.S. foreign policy and politics. He graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Southern California and earned his doctorate in international politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.