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Mitchel B. Wallerstein

MitchelWallersteinDr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein is a seasoned expert in matters related to national security and foreign policy, especially those involving nuclear, biological and chemical weapons proliferation and the control of advanced technology in weapons systems that also have civilian applications. 

Dr. Wallerstein was appointed by President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security Policy, and served in that position from 1993 – 1997. During his tenure in the Department of Defense, Dr. Wallerstein dealt with proliferation issues related to Operation Desert Storm and threats involving Iran, Iraq, Libya and North Korea. He also helped to found, and subsequently co-chaired, the Senior Defense Group on Proliferation at NATO.  From 1998 – 2003, Mitchel Wallerstein served as Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he directed the Program on Global Security and Sustainability, making more than $85 million in grants each year throughout the world in the areas of international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights and issues related to globalization.

Dr. Wallerstein, is available to comment on:

  • Iran nuclear weapons development efforts and Middle East security           
  • North Korean nuclear and long-range missile threat and Northeast Asian security
  • Proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and military strategies and responses
  • Counter-terrorism, particularly related to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction
  • National security export controls in an age of dual use technology and globalized markets

Mitchel Wallerstein became the seventh president of Baruch College in August 2010. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Wallerstein served as Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University from 2003-2010, where he also held an appointment as a tenured professor of political science and public administration.

Dr. Wallerstein is the author of numerous books, articles, monographs and research studies. His most recent (co-authored) book, Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008), deals with strategies for combating terrorism. He also recently published an article in the prestigious and widely-read journal, Foreign Affairs, entitled: “Losing Controls:  How U.S. Export Restrictions Jeopardize National Security and Harm Competitiveness,Foreign Affairs, November-December 2009). He also recently co-chaired a select study committee at the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, which issued a report entitled: Export Control Challenges Associated with Securing the Homeland (Washington, DC: The National Academy Press, 2012).

Dr. Wallerstein holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in political science from M.I.T., a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. Read full biography.

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