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April 3, 2002

Experts to discuss world policy challenges at 13th Annual International Security Conference

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some 250 ambassadors, policy-makers, academicians, and other experts representing 30 countries will gather in Albuquerque April 23-25 to discuss challenges facing the world community at the 13th Annual International Security Conference.

The meeting is a primary exploration and discussion meeting for those who shape policy options for dealing with threats to regional stability and international security.

This year’s conference, themed “International Security Challenges and Strategies in the New Era,” will feature keynote addresses by policy luminaries. Distinguished government officials and foreign affairs experts will address the following topics in panel discussions:

  • Responsible Exercise of Power in the 21st Century
  • Terrorism: Challenges and New Approaches
  • Strategic Relationships in Transition
  • Can Nuclear Weapons Be Contained?

The conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (330 Tijeras Ave. NW) in downtown Albuquerque and at Sandiaís International Programs Building, also in Albuquerque.

Sandia National Laboratories’ Division of National Security and Arms Control is host for the conference. The division’s mission includes helping political and technical experts from around the

Members of the news media are welcome to attend all conference sessions. However, to allow for a free exchange of ideas, reporters are asked to follow special attribution guidelines. Please contact John German at 505-844-5199 for details.

world monitor and control weapons of mass destruction and prevent their proliferation.

“After 12 successful years, Sandia’s annual conference has changed its name to reflect the new realities of the international arena,” says conference chairman Dr. James Brown of Sandia. “These realities include strong anxieties regarding terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems by state and non-state actors, the changing status of old and new treaties affecting the strategic balance, and the future of both bilateral and multilateral regimes.”

The conference formerly was known as the International Arms Control Conference.

A news media availability is planned for Wednesday evening, April 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., during a reception at Sandia’s International Programs Building (10600 Research Park Road SE, east of Eubank Blvd. just outside the Kirtland Air Force Base Eubank Gate). Many of the conference participants will be available for interviews.

If you plan to attend the media availability or portions of the conference as a member of the news media, you must contact John German in advance at 505-844-5199 or

To register for the conference as a participant, please log on to the conference web site at, or contact conference coordinator Evangeline Clemena at 505-284-5047, The number of participants is limited.

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Highlighted speakers (subject to change)

  • April 23, 2-3 p.m. (opening session keynote): Ambassador Linton Brooks, Administrator, U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration
  • April 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Stephen Radamaker, Assistant Secretary of State, Arms Control Bureau, U.S. Department of State, “Responsible exercise of power in the 21st century”
  • TBA (invited): Ambassador Bill Richardson, Governor, State of New Mexico
  • April 24, 2-3:30 p.m.: Nikolai Voloshin, Department of Nuclear Warhead Design and Testing, Ministry of Atomic Energy, Russia, “Strategic relationships in transition”
  • April 24, 2-3:30 p.m.: Mr. Liu Jieyi, Director General, Department of Arms Control and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China (PRC), “Strategic relationships in transition”
  • April 24, 2-3:30 p.m.: Toomas Ilves, former foreign minister of Estonia, “Strategic relationships in transition”

Sandia media contact: John German,, (505) 844-5199

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