Department of State To Host 2016 Timbie Forum on Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 12, 2016

The Department of State, in partnership with the George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs, will host the 2016 James Timbie Forum on Arms Control and Nonproliferation on July 14-15 at the Department of State’s George Marshall Auditorium and George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs, Henry Harding Auditorium.

The Timbie Forum is dedicated to fostering new voices and ideas on policies relating to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). By emphasizing diverse and dynamic panels and presentations, the Department of State hopes to inform and engage with a new generation of experts devoted to reducing the threats posed by WMD.

Speakers at this year’s event will include 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), General Philip M. Breedlove USAF (ret.), National Security Council Senior Director for Arms Control and Nonproliferation Jon Wolfsthal, National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller, as well as a host of emerging leaders.

The July 14th sessions are open to the press, and will begin at 8:45am. It will be held at the George Marshall Auditorium at the Department of State. Pre-set time for cameras is at 8:15am from the 21st Street entrance. Final access time for writers and stills is at 8:30am from the 21st Street entrance.

Press interviews during the Forum will be on a case-by-case basis following each session.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver's license or passport).

For press inquiries, email Sandra Postell at and Maria Dudding at

To view the agenda and RSVP, please visit

For general inquiries, email