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Orde Kittrie

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Biography:

Orde Kittrie is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a tenured Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Nonproliferation Expert, International Law Expert, and Scholar

Kittrie is a leading expert on nonproliferation law and policy.   He is particularly well known for his leading role in, and expertise regarding, the imposition of sanctions on Iran.  He is also a leading expert on international law, including especially as it relates to the Middle East.

Orde Kittrie is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a tenured Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Nonproliferation Expert, International Law Expert, and Scholar

Kittrie is a leading expert on nonproliferation law and policy.   He is particularly well known for his leading role in, and expertise regarding, the imposition of sanctions on Iran.  He is also a leading expert on international law, including especially as it relates to the Middle East.

Kittrie has testified on nonproliferation issues before committees of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, including at hearings in April 2011, July 2009, March 2009, July 2008, and April 2008. In addition, he served as one of fourteen members of a special National Academies of Science committee, created by Congress (in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008), to make recommendations on how to improve U.S. programs to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In addition to Professor Kittrie, the members of the committee included a former deputy cabinet secretary, two former Under Secretaries of State, two former directors of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, a former Commander in Chief of the US Strategic Command, and a former Assistant Secretary of Energy.  From 2008 to 2012, Kittrie served as chair of the Nonproliferation, Arms Control & Disarmament Committee of the American Society of International Law.

In February 2008, Kittrie wrote a chapter for a report produced by the National Academies of Science, in coordination with the Russian Academy of Sciences, entitled The Future of the Nuclear Security Environment in 2015. Professor Kittrie's chapter describes and analyzes several critical legal issues that must be successfully managed if future U.S.-Russian nuclear security cooperation is to be maximized. In 2005, Kittrie served as one of six members of a special National Academies of Science committee that produced with the Russian Academy of Sciences a joint report entitled Strengthening US-Russian Cooperation on Nuclear Nonproliferation, for which Kittrie wrote the chapter on legal obstacles and opportunities.

Kittrie has been a guest speaker on nonproliferation issues of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Belgian Royal Military Academy, and the Royal Military College of Canada. He has also lectured at over a dozen universities including Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, King’s College London, and the University of Pennsylvania; published op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and several other publications; and done on-air commentary for numerous television and radio stations (including affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and Univision) and networks including Fox, PBS, and al Jazeera. Kittrie has also testified before the Maryland, Ohio and Virginia state legislatures, and advised several other state legislatures, regarding proposed legislation that would divest state pension funds from foreign companies doing business with Iran.

Kittrie has published scholarly articles in journals including the University of Michigan Law Review, the University of Iowa Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of International Law, the Syracuse University Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law.  He is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Former State Department Official

Prior to joining the ASU law faculty in 2004, Professor Kittrie served for eleven years at the United States Department of State, during which time he received both the Department’s Superior Honor Award and its Meritorious Honor Award.   As the Department's lead nuclear affairs attorney for three years, Kittrie participated in negotiating five U.S.-Russia nuclear agreements and a U.N. treaty to combat nuclear terrorism. In other assignments at the State Department, Kittrie directed the Office of International Anti-Crime Programs, was Senior Attorney and Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economics and Business Affairs, and was the lead attorney for arms and dual-use trade controls.

As the State Department's Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, Kittrie oversaw United States policy and technical assistance programs for promoting the rule of law and combating transnational crime worldwide, including corruption, money laundering, intellectual property piracy, cybercrime, and alien smuggling. Key projects he launched in that capacity include an anti-corruption initiative in Iraq and an Arab regional anticorruption initiative in cooperation with the World Bank and the United Nations. Prior to that assignment, Kittrie served as a Senior Attorney and Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, assisting with efforts to improve America's image and promote human rights and democracy in the Arab world.

Kittrie earlier served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business & Agricultural Affairs. In that capacity, he helped coordinate economic aid for Pakistan following September 11 and assisted with planning for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Kittrie also worked on U.S.-Mexico border issues, the reform of Jordanian business law, and negotiation of the world's first multilateral agreement to combat computer crime. Prior to that, Kittrie was the Department’s lead attorney for trade controls governing arms and dual-use items, in which capacity he was a principal drafter of U.N. Security Council Resolutions, U.S. Executive Orders, and U.S. regulations imposing and implementing arms embargoes on terrorism-supporting and other outlaw regimes, including Rwanda during the genocide.

Immediately following his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School, Kittrie was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Syria. Prior to law school, he served as Press Spokesman and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Connie Morella.

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A Weak Agreement Likely to Get Worse

24th November 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

A Weak Agreement Likely to Get Worse

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

The Geneva deal agreed to Sunday by six major powers with Iran is a gamble on Western optimism. While slightly rolling back Iranian nuclear capability... more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd July 2014 – Iran Matters

Expert Opinions on the Extension of Negotiations

Orde Kittrie

Nine foreign policy experts write on what they believe the extension of P5+1 talks will mean for the future of nuclear negotiations with Iran. more...

24th April 2014 – Quoted by Leah McGrath Goodman and Lynnley Browning, Newsweek

The Art of Financial Warfare: How the West Is Pushing Putin’s Buttons

Orde Kittrie

“We found out by Twitter,” an executive at Gunvor Group Ltd., the world’s fourth-largest oil trading firm, told Newsweek. It was midday on March 20 when the executive... more...

22nd January 2014 – Syndicated

Secure Freedom Radio

Orde Kittrie

FDD's Orde Kittrie digs deeper into the meaning of the Iranian Foreign Minister's visit to the grave of Imad Mugniyah, a Hezbollah operative who was responsible for... more...

10th January 2014 – Quoted by Daniel-Dylan Bohmer, Die Welt

Iran-Abkommen Wird Umgesetzt – Mit Verzögerung

Orde Kittrie

Eigentlich hat jetzt die spannende Phase begonnen, lange nachdem die Kameras abgeschaltet und die Korrespondenten nach Hause geflogen sind. Die Gläser... more...