Kittrie receives $185,000 grant for Middle East Threat Reduction Study

Friday, August 1, 2014

 Orde Kittrie

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Professor Orde F. Kittrie recently received a $185,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The 18-month grant allows Kittrie to conduct a study titled, “Expanding Cooperative Threat Reduction in the Middle East and North Africa: Law-Related Tools for Maximizing Success in 2018 and Beyond.” Kittrie is the sole principal investigator for the grant. 

The grant was awarded via a competition conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School, through the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

The study is designed to develop recommendations for more effectively addressing law-related challenges relating to the objective of promoting peaceful cooperation to reduce threats, especially the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Law-related challenges to be addressed include: balancing the need for quick action against the need to protect assistance providers against host country liability and other domestic law risks; addressing the obstacles posed by international law restrictions to WMD disposition activities; more effectively encouraging and assisting MENA governments to implement their international legal obligations relating to nonproliferation; and facilitating financial burden-sharing and other support from host country governments and other international partners. 

Kittrie has broad expertise and experience relating to both the Middle East and nonproliferation, and has written extensively on both topics. He served as co-author of “U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East,” a 154-page book published in January 2013, which provides specific recommendations for how to improve U.S. efforts to stop WMD proliferation in the MENA region. 

Prior to entering academia, Kittrie served for 11 years at the U.S. State Department. As the department’s lead nuclear attorney for three years, Kittrie participated in negotiating five U.S.-Russia nonproliferation agreements and a U.S. treaty to combat nuclear terrorism. Earlier, as the department’s lead attorney for arms and dual-use trade controls, Kittrie assisted numerous countries with development of export and border control laws designed to curb the proliferation of WMD.

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