1994 Fellows

Lara Cantuti
Fall 1994 Fellow, Arms Control Association

Education: Monterey Institute, MA International Policy Studies, 1994
University of Wisconsin at Madison, BA Political Science, 1990

Issues Covered: Political, military, and economic relations among the countries of the former Soviet Union; clandestine removal of fissile materials from the FSU.

Major Fellowship Activities: Cantuti researched the political, military, and economic relations among the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU).  She tracked and analyzed the clandestine removal of fissile materials from the FSU.  She wrote a number of articles for ACA’s Arms Control Today.

Current Activities: Cantuti is a Project Manager in the Weapons Proliferation Analysis Division at Science Applications International Corporation focusing on proliferation forecasting and intelligence analysis of countries of proliferation concern. Prior to that she focused on the second line of defense, a Department of Energy program with Russian customs to prevent nuclear smuggling out of the Russian Federation.

At ACA, the analysts and staff were very helpful not only in assisting me to prepare my work for a professional audience, but also in getting to know who that audience was….My ombudsperson was…outstanding both as a role model of career choices and as a friendly concerned face in a city which can be a bit harsh to a new-comer….This Fellowship was instrumental in taking me from a student of arms control to a professional in arms control.

 

Pat Ortmeyer

Fall 1994 Fellow, Council for a Livable World Education Fund, Project on Peacekeeping and the United Nations

Education: University of Montana at Missoula, BA Environmental Studies, 1986

Issues Covered: U.S. military budget; United Nations peacekeeping

Major Fellowship Activities: Ortmeyer investigated the War Powers Act and how regional organizations are authorized to do peacekeeping.  She also worked with the Military Spending Working Group, part of an aggregation of arms control organizations, helping to prepare a section on the military budget for their annual briefing book on arms control.  She wrote fact sheets on the U.S. military budget and the U.N.  She also conducted research for the “Briefing Book on Peacekeeping: The U.S. Role in United Nations Peace Operations.”

Current Activities: Ortmeyer is Director of Development and Communications for the American Land Conservancy.  She oversees all fundraising and development efforts for ALC, which is a land trust working nationwide to conserve wildlife habitat, open space, and working farms and ranches.  She also assists with program development and strategic planning, and oversees all communications, including press releases, website, and newsletters.  She was previously the Director of Grants Administration with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Following her fellowship she was Field Director for Nuclear Issues with Women’s Action for New Directions, working especially on plutonium disposition issues and coordinating activist efforts to stop the Department of Energy’s MOX (mixed oxide fuel) program from moving forward.  She edied the Nix MOX Bulletin Board and contributed regularly to the WAND Bulletin. She also ghost-wrote several letters-to-the-editor for legislators and other activists.  In 2000 she was a delegate with the American Delegation on Plutonium Fuel, which traveled to various communities in Russia to assist in conducting People’s Hearings on the use of MOX fuel. The delegation was sponsored by the Center for Safe Energy.  Prior to that she was Outreach Coordinator at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and Managing Editor of IEER’s Science for Democratic Action.  She co-wrote “Worse Than We Knew” (aka Let Them Drink Milk) which appeared in the November/December 1997 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  Subsequent to her Fellowship, Ortmeyer was hired by the Council for a Livable World Education Fund as a research analyst with the Project on Peacekeeping and the United Nations, and also worked with CLW’s “Target 2000” project, a public education effort to increase understanding about military spending, the federal budget, and domestic priorities.

The experiences and contacts I gained through the program are what allowed me to begin a career in arms control and disarmament. Prior to the fellowship I had wanted to pursue such work, but the Northwest offered few, if any, paying jobs in security studies. For years I was told my interests in this field were “unrealistic” but due to this fellowship I was able to make my preferred career choice a reality.

 

Alex Slesar
Fall 1994 Fellow, Lawyers Alliance for World Security/Committee for National Security

Education: Principia College, BA Soviet/Russian Political Studies, 1994

Issues Covered: Arms sales regulations and export controls in the former Soviet Union

Major Fellowship Activities: Slesar worked on the development and practical implementation of the LAWS export control project entitled “Lawmaking for Security: Export Control Development in the NIS.”  This project aims to assist the newly independent and Baltic states in their effort to create national export controls based on international non-proliferation and export control norms.  He assisted a LAWS senior analyst in developing a trip report to Latvia and Ukraine, which was published and distributed among U.S. officials, export control experts, think tanks, and foundations.  He also interacted with senior export control officials from the NIS and Baltic States, as well as private U.S. lawyers and experts working in the field of international security and export controls.

Current Activities: Slesar is a Senior Advisor to The Scowcroft Group where he advises clients on energy and infrastructure development projects in Russia and other CIS countries. Working as an in-country member of the Scowcroft Group team, he provides due diligence, business and political risk assessment services as well as general business support for client efforts in the region. He was previously Vice President for International Operations of Thorium Power at Thorium Power where he worked on the company’s strategic planning and business development and was the main business liaison between Thorium Power and its international associates, particularly in Russia.  From the completion of his Fellowship in 1994 until 2001, Slesar worked at the Lawyers Alliance for World Security (LAWS) as a Senior Program Associate and later as LAWS’ Director of Administration.  During that time he was in charge of fundraising and management of the LAWS’ main office in Washington, DC.  He directed LAWS’ programs in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, China, Japan, South Korea and South Africa.  He also managed the implementation of the Lawmaking for Non-Proliferation and Moving Toward Nuclear Disarmament Projects.  Since 2001 he has been a member of the board of directors of LAWS.

Without the financial support and assistance from the Scoville Fellowship, it would have been extremely difficult for me to achieve my professional goals and further develop an interest in the field of international security.

 

Arthur Atkins
Spring 1994 Fellow, Arms Control Association

Education: Georgetown University, MA National Security Studies, 1998
Lewis and Clark College, BA International Affairs, 1993

Issues Covered: Nonproliferation issues, specifically regarding North Korea and the former Soviet Union; U.S. conventional arms transfers; Asian arms market

Major Fellowship Activities: Atkins became involved with tracking the developing dispute with North Korea over its suspected nuclear weapons program.  He updated and expanded a factsheet on North Korean nuclear facilities and a chronology of the ongoing North Korean dispute.  He became the acting staff member responsible for tracking and maintaining office resources on conventional arms control issues.  He tracked international events and U.S. domestic and foreign policies in regard to conventional arms control and export control issues.  He attended press conferences, congressional hearings, and briefings on related topics.  He wrote numerous news articles for Arms Control Today and maintained their existing arms transfer register.

Current Activities: Atkins is the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Global Material Security at the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. In this capacity, he is responsible for collaborative efforts with domestic and international partners to build sustainable capacity to secure nuclear and radiological materials and interdict and investigate the illicit trafficking of those materials. The Office of Global Material Security (GMS) works with partner to understand their nuclear and radiological material security objectives and provides technical expertise and financial resources to assist them in meeting these objectives. He was previously Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator for International Material Protection and Cooperation where he assisted in overseeing the implementation of the nuclear Material Protection, Control, and Accounting Program, which improves the security of weapons-usable nuclear materials in Russia and other partner countries, and the Second Line of Defense Program, which seeks to eliminate pathways for nuclear smuggling through the installation of radiation detection equipment at borders, ports, and other locations. He was previously Director of the Office of Weapons Material Protection in the Office of International Material Protection and Cooperation at NNSA. He managed an office within the cooperative Material Protection, Control, and Accounting Program that focuses on upgrading security systems at Russian nuclear weapons development and material production facilities to prevent the theft and/or diversion of highly-attractive fissile material.

…The opportunity to work with ACA solidified my interest in security studies. I hope to continue to work in research and analysis on issues related to this field. Through the Fellowship, I have been able to familiarize myself with conventional arms transfers issues and hope to continue working on this issue.

 

David Schwarzbach
Spring 1994 Fellow, Natural Resources Resource Council

Education: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School, MA 1997
University of California at Davis, BS Plant Science, 1992

Issues Covered: Israeli Nuclear Forces, nuclear power in Eastern Europe, government secrecy

Major Fellowship Activities: Schwarzbach worked intimately with a senior ranking delegation of a European government, represented NRDC at meetings with White House officials to discuss G-7 policy, directed a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill, communicated regularly with the major print media, and drafted a report that received wide circulation within the Clinton Administration.

Current Activities: Schwarzbach is the Chief Financial Officer for Ice Energy.  Ice Energy is an energy technology company focused on energy storage and advanced cooling and refrigeration products and technologies.  He was previously an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he worked with companies to raise capital.   Subsequent to his Fellowship he wrote a report entitled “Iran’s Nuclear Program: Energy or Weapons?”  After completing his Fellowship, he worked at NRDC as a program associate for nuclear policy.  He primarily focused on energy issues in Europe and continued the research he began during his Fellowship.

…When I applied for the Scoville Fellowship, I hoped to find an opportunity to make the transition from grassroots activism to national policy making. The Fellowship provided just that–an introduction to lobbying, the politics of the Executive Branch, the importance of technical information, and most of all the community of people working to stand-down the war economy.