Distinguished Nuclear Policy Lecture Series featuring Rose Gottemoeller 27 October at FRIB Laboratory

11 October 2023

Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy General Secretary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), will give a lecture titled “The War in Ukraine: Russia’s Approach and Implications for Defense and Security Policy” on 27 October at the FRIB Laboratory. Gottemoeller’s lecture is part of MSU’s Distinguished Nuclear Policy Lecture series.

The “The War in Ukraine: Russia’s Approach and Implications for Defense and Security Policy” abstract states: "The war in Ukraine has seen both an unprecedented degree of nuclear saber-rattling from the Kremlin and a surge in military technology innovation. The irony is that as Putin and his coterie threaten nuclear holocaust with a technology that is nearly 100 years old, the Ukrainians have shown a remarkable ability to innovate, using off-the-shelf technology and their command of rocket science to shape the fight to their advantage. This interplay of old and new holds a number of risks for both combatants: they are walking a thin line between deterring each other and achieving their military objectives. Rose Gottemoeller will talk about the future implications of these dynamics for defense and security policy.”

Gottemoeller is a lecturer at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2016 to 2019, she was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism.  Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation, and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation.

Prior to her government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008, and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie's Nuclear Policy Program. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

At Stanford, Gottemoeller teaches and mentors students in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy program and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Honors program; contributes to policy research and outreach activities; and convenes workshops, seminars and other events relating to her areas of expertise, including nuclear security, Russian relations, the NATO alliance, European Union cooperation and non-proliferation.

Gottemoeller will speak at a lecture starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, 27 October, in room 1300 at the FRIB Laboratory (640 S. Shaw Lane). There will be a special reception immediately preceding the lecture in the area outside of room 1300.

The Distinguished Nuclear Policy Lecture series is a partnership between Michigan State University’s James Madison College and FRIB that brings global policy experts to campus for talks about the political and scientific communities. This lecture series brings together experts and scholars from diverse backgrounds to discuss issues related to nuclear policy, arms control, and non-proliferation. The lectures provide insights, analysis, and perspectives on the current challenges and opportunities in the evolving field of nuclear policy.