- Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
The Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation is an agency within the
United States Department of Stateresponsible for managing a broad range of nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and arms controlfunctions. The bureau leads U.S. efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction(nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons) and their delivery systems.
It was created on
September 13, 2005when the Bureau of Arms Control and the Bureau of Nonproliferation were merged together. Stephen G. Rademakerwas the first the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation. He had been the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Arms Control, and in February 2005he was named the head of the Bureau for Nonproliferation pending the two bureaus' merger. The previous Acting Assistant Secretary was Francis C. Record, and the current Assistant Secretary John C. Rood, of Arizona, was confirmed by the senate on September 13, 2006.cite journal | author = U.S. Congress | year = 2006| month = 13 September| title = Confirmations | journal = Congressional Record | volume = 152 | issue = 113 | pages = S9575 | url = http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?dbname=2006_record&page=S9575&position=all | accessdate = 2006-09-14]
The Bureau's role within the Department of State is to spearhead efforts to promote international consensus on WMD proliferation through bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, and to address WMD proliferation threats posed by non-state actors and
terrorist groups by improving physical security, using interdiction and sanctions, and actively participating in the Proliferation Security Initiative.
It also coordinates the implementation of international treaties and arrangements. It seeks to work with international organizations such as the
United Nations, the G8, NATO, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and the International Atomic Energy Agencyto reduce and eliminate threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, and to support foreign partners in their efforts.
During its time as an independent Bureau, the Bureau of Arms Control led efforts to negotiate new arms control agreements, such as the
May 2002Moscow Treaty on strategic offensive reductions, as well as ongoing efforts in the Geneva Conference on Disarmament (CD). It also had responsibilities of implementing existing agreements such as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, START I, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Moscow Treaty, the Biological Weapons Convention.
It held the lead for negotiations and policy development of the
Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, the Treaty on Open Skies, arms control elements of the Dayton peace accords, and other European conventional arms control issues. In early 2004, the office responsible for the Confidence and Security-Building Measuresin the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europehad been moved from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairsto the Bureau of Arms Control.
* [http://www.state.gov/t/isn/ Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation]
* [http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/12813.htm The Department of State biography of Stephen G. Rademaker]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20050305235252/http://www.state.gov/t/ac/ The Department of State website's section on the Bureau of Arms Control, documented by Internet Archive]
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