Magazine article Arms Control Today

Thomas Countryman Elected Arms Control Association Chairman

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Thomas Countryman Elected Arms Control Association Chairman

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The Arms Control Association Board of Directors announced on Oct. 20 that it elected Thomas Countryman, former acting undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, to serve as chairman of the board. He joined the board of the Arms Control Association earlier this year.

Countryman served for 35 years as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service until January 2017, achieving the rank of minister-counselor, and was appointed Oct. 9, 2016, to the acting undersecretary of state position. He simultaneously served as assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, a position he had held since September 2011. "In arms control, as in other fields of public policy, the role of [nongovernmental organizations] is to be an incubator of new policy ideas," Countryman noted. "My commitment to work for a more secure world for our citizens and our descendants led me to join the board of the directors of the Arms Control Association and I am honored by the board's confidence in electing me as chair. …

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