Palo Alto, California - On April 7, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will join Deputy Secretary Blinken for a day-long workshop at Stanford University, “The Hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction: Leveraging New Technology” in Palo Alto.

This workshop, which follows the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit hosted by President Obama last week in Washington, will explore the innovative tools we need in the fight against weapons of mass destruction. While new technology is making access to these weapons easier every day, it also provides new opportunities to prevent their spread and verify their destruction. The event will bring together experts from the tech and science community, government, private sector, NGOs, philanthropy, and academia to harness new technology and trends such as microsats, smartphone apps, ubiquitous sensing, crowdsourcing, and data analysis to address this urgent challenge.

This event is the latest installment in the State Department's Innovation Forum, a program that convenes regular conversations between senior policymakers and global innovators to spark and accelerate new approaches to foreign policy challenges.

On April 8, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will deliver keynote remarks on “The 2020 NPT Review Process: Challenges and Opportunities” at the conference on “US-Russian Dialogue on Nuclear Issues - Security and Nuclear Challenges on the Korean Peninsula: Finding a Solution” in Monterey, California. This event is co-hosted by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS). 

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