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International Security is a Shared Responsibility:As we close this year’s Women’s History Month, the Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) is proud to shine a spotlight on the women who work tirelessly to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

ISN leads the Department’s efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological WMD, their delivery systems, and destabilizing conventional weapons. ISN is home to approximately 200 subject matter experts, more than 50 percent of whom are women. Women in ISN take center stage in policymaking decisions and represent the U.S. government in the international arena.

We do not have enough room in this blog post to describe all of the phenomenal work the women of ISN do, but here is a brief snapshot of some of the experts that help keep America safe.

Women of ISN are leaders: Many women in ISN are recognized as trailblazers in the field and over half of the bureau’s 12 offices have women in leadership roles.  Two such prominent women are Ann Ganzer and Pam Durham. As members of the Senior Executive Service, they are the highest-ranking women in ISN. They manage offices that regularly deploy the full range of tools in the nonproliferation toolkit, including export licensing, visa screening, sanctions and interdiction efforts, as well as United States participation in three of the four international nonproliferation regimes. These women have extensive experience in nonproliferation and international diplomacy, and they are mentors to many.

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International Security is a Shared Responsibility:As we close this year’s Women’s History Month, the Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) is proud to shine a spotlight on the women who work tirelessly to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).