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

Essays and Interviews
Rose Gottemoeller


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?