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Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

The Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Rose E. Gottemoeller, leads the interagency policy process on nonproliferation and manages global U.S. security policy, principally in the areas of nonproliferation, arms control, regional security and defense relations, and arms transfers and security assistance. This entails overseeing the negotiation, implementation, and verification of international agreements in arms control and international security. Other specific responsibilities include directing and coordinating export control policies and policies to prevent missile, nuclear, chemical, biological, and conventional weapons proliferation. All of these contribute to the State Department’s strategic goal of countering threats to the United States and the international order. The Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security serves as a Senior Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State.

The Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, and the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs report to the Under Secretary.

In The News

The History and Future of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

(Apr. 12): Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller delivered remarks on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty at Hiroshima University in Hiroshima, Japan. Full Text»

Five Years After Prague

(Apr. 7):   A DipNote blog that reviews successes in nonproliferation five years after President Obama’s speech.

Saving Lives Through Humanitarian Demining

Date: 04/02/2014 Description: Saving Lives Through Humanitarian Demining - State Dept Image

 Under Secretary Gottemoeller (Apr. 2):  "Our Support for the clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance has proven a wise investment that saves lives and fosters stability in every region of the world." Remarks» PM/WRA»


Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

The Chemical Weapons Convention: Eliminating a Whole Category of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Date: 04/01/2014 Description: Fact Sheet: Chemical Weapons Convention - State Dept Image
The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force on April 29, 1997, is a landmark agreement that has proven its effectiveness in enhancing international security. Full Text»

Bureau of International security and nonproliferation

Joint Statement on the Contributions of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) to Enhancing Nuclear Security. Full Text»


Bureau of political-military affairs

International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Under Secretary Gottemoeller (Apr. 4): "The United States is proud to be the world's single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction programs.  We share common cause with all those working to address the harmful effects of indiscriminate landmine use worldwide." DipNote» PM/WRA»


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