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Biography: C.S. Eliot Kang, Ph.D.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Threat Reduction, Export Controls, and Negotiations
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

Deputy Assistant Secretary Eliot KangC.S. Eliot Kang, Ph.D., is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Threat Reduction, Export Controls, and Negotiations. He supervises the offices of Missile Threat Reduction (ISN/MTR), Conventional Arms Threat Reduction (ISN/CATR), Export Controls Cooperation (ISN/ECC), and Missile Defense and Space Policy (ISN/MDSP). He serves as the U.S. Representative to the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Missile Technology Control Regime. Dr. Kang also coordinates the bureau’s work on North Korean denuclearization and related nonproliferation issues, and serves as the senior nonproliferation policy adviser on the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks.

Dr. Kang joined the State Department in 2003 as a William C. Foster Fellow and served as a senior adviser in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and what was then the Bureau of Arms Control. A former professor of political science, Dr. Kang taught international security at the University of Pennsylvania and Northern Illinois University, and has held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. His numerous writings have appeared in such publications as International Organization, Comparative Strategy, World Affairs, and The New York Times.

Dr. Kang received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He also studied at Princeton University and received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Cornell University. His professional background includes working as an investment banker specializing in mergers & acquisitions for Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. Dr. Kang was elected to life membership in the Council on Foreign Relations in 2002.


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