Dr. Yousaf Butt as our Director of Emerging Technologies.
Butt, a nuclear physicist,is leading the Cultural Intelligence Institute's efforts on emerging
technologies. Emerging technologies include Space Security, Cyber
Security, Drones, Genetics and other fields where the science,
technology and implementation may be outpacing the overarching legal
regimes. Our goal at Cultural Intelligence Institute is to try to understand the global policy, science and legal issues that will help leaders collaborate
more effectively on these difficult questions in a culturally sensitive
and informed fashion.
Dr. Butt's first initiative involves bringing leaders of space-capable nations together to discuss how to de-conflict the various approaches to space security. This involves examining how space -- and other emerging technologies -- are culturally viewed in their countries, how these technologies will impact the cultures of these countries, and how negotiations can be better conducted by recognizing cultural differences.
Butt holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Yale University and a
Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. He has recently served as an adjunct senior fellow at the
Federation of American Scientists, and is an internationally recognized
authority on missile defense, space security and nuclear arms control.
Most recently, he was a Research Professor and Scientist-in-Residence at
the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the
Monterey Institute of International Studies.Previously,
he was a physicist (Staff Scientist) in the High-Energy Astrophysics
Division at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was on
the instrument operations team responsible for the main focal plane
instrument aboard NASA’s orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory from
1999-2004. He has also been a fellow in the Committee on International
Security and Arms Control at the National Academy of Sciences and a
research fellow in the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned
Scientists. He has authored numerous op-eds and many papers on technical aspects of national and global security issues, as well as on
astrophysics and nuclear physics.
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