Panelists’ Biographies

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"Panelists’ Biographies", nuclear policy 2nd workshop, August 30, 2001,

“Theater Missile Defense in East Asia
Perspectives on Regional Implications”
Missile Defense Initiative Panel Seminars

San Francisco, CA — August 13, 2001
Los Angeles, CA — August 14, 2001

Panelists’ Biographies

LI Bin

Li Bin is currently associate professor and director of the Arms Control Program at the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. One of China’s most highly regarded specialists on technical issues of arms control, his interests include spaced-based laser weapons, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), ballistic missile defenses, deep nuclear reductions and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). Dr. Li received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Physics from Peking University in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and in 1990 entered the Graduate School of China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP) to study arms control, while also working as a part-time technical assistant at the Committee of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND, now the General Equipment Department). Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in physics in 1993, and joined the COSTIND technical group supporting the Chinese Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Negotiating Team in Geneva. In 1994, Dr. Li received a two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council / MacArthur Foundation, spending one year at the MIT Defense and Arms Control Studies Program (now the Security Studies Program) and a second year at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University. In 1996, Dr. Li attended the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva as a technical advisor to the Chinese CTBT Negotiating Team. From 1996-1999 Dr. Li served as the executive deputy director of IAPCM’s Program for Science and National Security Studies (PSNSS), the longest-established group of Chinese scientists working on arms control.

Victor MIZIN

Dr.Victor Mizin is currently the Diplomat-in-Residence and Visiting Scholar in the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has made his career as an arms control, nonproliferation and global security expert in the Russian Foreign Ministry, having headed consecutively the Offices of ABM Treaty and Outer Space, Export Control and Nonproliferation, and UN Peacekeeping Operations and Sanctions. He participated as an adviser in bilateral and multilateral arms control negotiations, including START I and START II, the INF, the SCC on the ABM Treaty, the Conference on Disarmament, and the UN Disarmament Commission. He has also served as an UNSCOM inspector. Dr. Mizin graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1978 and received a Ph.D. in political science from the Moscow-based Institute of USA and Canada Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1991. Dr. Mizin has participated in a number of international arms control and nonproliferation conferences and published extensively on security and military issues in Russia and in the West. He is a member of Center for Political and Military Prognosis of Moscow’s IMEMO Institute and a member of the board of the Russian Committee on Critical Technologies Nonproliferation


Dean Wilkening director of the Science Program at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation since 1995. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1982, he spent two years studying defense policy on a Ford Foundation fellowship at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In 1983 he joined the staff of the RAND Corporation, where he held several management positions as a senior researcher in the Engineering and Applied Sciences and International Policy departments. In addition, from 1985-1994 Dr. Wilkening taught courses on nuclear weapons policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. His major research interests include nuclear strategy, ballistic missile defense, chemical and biological weapons proliferation, and arms control. His most recent work involves an analysis of national and theater ballistic missile defense, in particular, answering the question “How much is enough?” His most recent publications include last year’s Adelphi paper, “Ballistic-Missile Defence and Strategic Stability,” and an upcoming analysis of boost phase missile defense options.



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