Senior Director, Communications
Presidents Trump and Putin are scheduled to meet in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, July 16. Nuclear issues are expected to be on the agenda, and despite controversy over the summit, there is hope that the meeting is the start of a sustained dialogue between the United States and Russia on issues that are in both nations’ security interests.
In addition to former Senator Sam Nunn and former Sec. Ernest J. Moniz, NTI has experts available for media covering the summit:
Steve Andreasen, National Security Consultant, NTI
Andreasen served as director for defense policy and arms control on the U.S. National Security Council at the White House during the Clinton Administration. He was the principal advisor on strategic policy, nuclear arms control and missile defense to the National Security Advisor and the President. During the Bush Sr. and Reagan Administrations, Andreasen served in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, dealing with a wide-range of defense policy, arms control, nuclear weapons and intelligence issues.
Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate, Vice President, Materials Risk Management, NTI
Amb. Holgate previously served as U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Earlier, she was the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction on the National Security Council in the Obama Administration. She oversaw and coordinated the development of national policies and programs to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapon and was the U.S. Sherpa to the Nuclear Security Summits. From 2001 to 2009, she was the Vice President for Russia/New Independent States Programs at NTI.
Lynn Rusten, Senior Advisor, Global Nuclear Policy Program, NTI
Rusten has held senior positions in the White House, Department of State and Congress, bringing deep expertise in nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and national security policy. She served as the senior director for arms control and nonproliferation on the White House National Security Council staff and held positions at the Department of State including chief of staff for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and senior advisor in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC). In this capacity in AVC, she led the interagency backstopping process supporting the negotiation and ratification of the New START Treaty.
NTI’s website offers more information on the summit, including op-eds, reports and public statements.
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