Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Christopher A. travels to Brazil and Argentina

Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. travels to Brazil and Argentina

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
May 31, 2019

Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford will travel to Brazil and Argentina on June 1-6, 2019.

In Brazil, Dr. Ford will participate at the U.S.-Brazil Disarmament and Nonproliferation Dialogue in Brasilia.  This meeting is one of several ongoing exchanges held by the United States and Brazil to strengthen bilateral cooperation in nuclear disarmament and arms control; export control; IAEA safeguards, and nuclear, biological and chemical weapons proliferation issues.

In Argentina, Dr. Ford will attend the 11th Plenary Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) in Buenos Aires.  The GICNT aims to strengthen global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism.  All GICNT partners have voluntarily committed to implementing the GICNT Statement of Principles, a set of broad nuclear security goals encompassing a range of deterrence, prevention, and response objectives.  The meeting will also provide a forum for partner nations to showcase their contributions and share recommendations that will inform the direction of GICNT activities for 2019–2021.

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Dr. Christopher Ashley Ford

Dr. Christopher Ford was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation on January 9, 2018. Before coming to ISN, Dr. Ford served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation at the National Security Council.

Dr. Ford began his public service in 1996 as Assistant Counsel to the Intelligence Oversight Board and then served on several Congressional staffs, including the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2003, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Verification and Compliance (now the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance). In 2006, he was named U.S. Special Representative for Nuclear Non-Proliferation, where he was responsible for U.S. diplomacy with respect to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Ford was a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, a foreign affairs and national security think tank. In 2013, Dr. Ford returned to Congress where he served on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Ford also served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1994 until 2011, receiving an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

He is the author of three books and scores of articles and monographs.

Dr. Ford earned an A.B., summa cum laude, at Harvard University, a D.Phil. at Oxford University in the United Kingdom (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. at Yale Law School.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Ford lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.