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On the Frontline of U.S. Nuclear Policy with Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller

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Rose Gottemoeller

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Rose E. Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security on 7 March 2014. As Under Secretary, Gottemoeller advises the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. She had served as Acting Under Secretary in this position since 7 February 2012. While Acting, Gottemoeller continued to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, a position to which she was appointed on 6 April 2009. She was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, which entered into force on 5 February 2011.

Brown Journal of World Affairs: You work with officials from a variety of different bureaus within the security community: the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance; the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation; and the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. You undoubtedly have some colleagues who come from a nonproliferation background, some from arms control, and some from a background in nuclear strategy. Obviously, there are benefits to having access to a panoply of perspectives. That being said, do any difficulties arise from this diversity of thought? How do you approach the “connective tissue” element of a job where you are working with officials who come from very different backgrounds in security studies?