Area of Expertise: Nonproliferation, export controls, international trade and security
Additional Information: Since 2005, Richard Cupitt has been a United Nations Security Council 1540 committee expert. In this role, he monitors measures taken by UN member states to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to non-state actors, including terrorists, and facilitates global assistance to combat this threat to international security. January 2002 through July 2004, he was the special advisor to the undersecretary of commerce in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security. In addition to providing counsel to the undersecretary on international issues and export control policies, Cupitt has coordinated the export control international assistance programs of the bureau; managed the BIS Office of International Programs; and has been the department contact for the Transshipment Country Export Control Initiative, the Proliferation Security Initiative, and other programs. Before joining the Department of Commerce, Cupitt was the associate director and Washington liaison for the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Cupitt also authored or edited four books on export controls, including To Supply or To Deny (Kluwer, 2003) and Reluctant Champions: U.S. Presidential Policy and Strategic Export Controls—Truman, Eisenhower, Bush and Clinton (Routledge, 2000). His articles on trade and security have appeared in many journals. He has contributed to the work of several national study commissions, served on U.S. delegations to international export control conferences and regularly testified before Congress on export controls. He was nominated to serve on the President's Export Council's Subcommittee on Export Controls. Shortly before taking his current position, Cupitt conducted fieldwork on export controls in more than a dozen countries and consulted several national nuclear laboratories and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.