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The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) hosted an event to present PASCC research. 

This full-day workshop featured PASCC research on nuclear, chemical and biological threats, as well as on the implications of changing dynamics in management regimes, space, and social media. Workshop speakers presented their findings from recent research projects and international workshops.  

PASCC is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and directed by the Center on Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School. This workshop was hosted in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).


Click Here to view presentations made during the workshop.


DATEFriday, June 6, 2014
TIME8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

United States Institute of Peace, Carlucci Auditorium 

2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037


 Click Here for Brief Summaries of the presentations. 



Welcome and Introductory Remarks (8:45-9:00)

Mr. Paul Hughes, Senior Advisor for International Security and Peacebuilding, USIP

Mr. William O'Donnell, Director, Intelligence, Plans and Resource Integration, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Dr. James Clay Moltz, Professor and Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

Panel 1: Regional Focus on Middle East and Africa (9:00-10:30)

Chair: Dr. Dan Brumberg, USIP

Dr. Kavita Berger, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Future Opportunities for Bioengagement in the MENA Region

Dr. Scott Sagan, Stanford University
Why did Iraq not use Chemical Weapons during the 1991 Gulf War?  And Lessons for Syria Today

Mr. Johan Bergenas, The Stimson Center 
Next Generation WMD Nonproliferation Capacity Building


Break (10:30-10:45)


Panel 2: Strategic Stability (10:45-12:15)

Chair: Dr. James Clay Moltz, NPS

Dr. Mikhail Tsypkin, NPS
Russian Perspectives on Strategic Stability 

Mr. Bruce MacDonald, USIP
Crisis Stability in Space: China and Other Challenges

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Feroz Khan, NPS
Strategic [in]Stability in South Asia


Lunch (12:15-1:15)


Panel 3: WMD Verification (1:45-2:45)

Chair: Dr. Shane Smith, National Defense University

Dr. Fran Sharples, National Academy of Sciences
Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing Initial International Research Priorities

Mr. Bryan Lee, Monterey Institute of International Studies 
Verification by Means of Social Media

Dr. Kathryn Hughes, National Academy of Sciences
Global Movement & Tracking of Chemical Manufacturing Equipment


Break (2:45-3:00)


Panel 4: Norms and Rules for Managing Emerging Threats (3:00-4:30)

Chair: Mr. Bruce MacDonald, USIP

Dr. Julie Fischer, George Washington University
General Biorisk Profiles in IHR-Compliant National Laboratory Systems  

Dr. Kirsten Rodine-Hardy, Northeastern University
Dr. Anne Clunan, NPS
Pursuing Nanotechnology in a Globalized World: Cross-National Dimensions and Strategic Assessments of an Emerging Technology

Mr. Brian Finlay, The Stimson Center 
Partners in Prevention: Leveraging the Force of the Market for Nonproliferation


Update on the PASCC Broad Agency Announcement for FY15 Project Funding (4:30-4:45)

Ms. Meghan Rasmussen, NPS



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