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KNOXVILLE — Nuclear nonproliferation will be the subject of a lecture Thursday, Jan. 17, by Lawrence Scheinman, an academic who also served in the Clinton and Carter administrations.

The event will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the University of Tennessee Outreach Center, 1201 Oakridge Turnpike, Suite 100, Oak Ridge. It is being sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the East Tennessee Economic Council. It is free and open to the public.

Scheinman will discuss the state and the prospects of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, the challenges we face and the options we have.

Retired from Cornell University, Scheinman is now a distinguished professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, D.C., and adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies.

Scheinman served in the Clinton administration as the assistant secretary of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency responsible for Nonproliferation and Regional Arms Control. He was principal deputy to the Deputy Under-Secretary of State for International Security, Science and Technology in the Carter administration. He also served as special adviser to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1986 to 1988.

He has written extensively on nonproliferation, arms control and international regime development.

Most recently he served on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Advisory Board on nuclear issues and as policy adviser to the IAEA on multilateral alternatives to national nuclear fuel cycles. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served on the State Department Arms Control and Nonproliferation Advisory Board.

Scheinman holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan, where he also was a member of the tenured faculty, and a law degree from New York University School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar.

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