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Samore, Gary (WMD Policy Czar)



Title: White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security and Arms Control
Reports to: National Security Advisor Gen. James L. Jones
Department or agency that handles similar issues: National Security Council; Defense Department; State Department
Duties: Coordinate issues related to weapons of mass destruction, nuclear proliferation, nuclear and conventional arms control, threat reduction, and terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction

  • Earned a B.A. in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Earned a PhD in government from Harvard University in 1984
  • Joined the State Department during the Reagan administration in 1987
  • Was still in the State Department in 1994, when he helped to negotiate the U.S.-North Korea Framework Treaty that called on Pyongyang to freeze its construction of nuclear reactors in exchange for U.S. aid
  • Joined the Clinton administration’s National Security Council in 1995 as an adviser on nonproliferation; coordinated U.S. policy on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
  • Joined the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London in 2001
  • Was a researcher at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (2001 to 2005)
  • Was Vice President for Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2005)
  • Was director of the Council on Foreign Relations (2006 to 2009)


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