March 16, 2009


Joan Ellen Corbett

2009 Women's History Month: Joan Corbett

Joan Corbett is a retired senior American diplomat, with wide experience in central European, economic, political-military, and international security affairs including NATO. During her career she served in Frankfurt, Vienna, divided Berlin, and Bern and at the NSC, the Pentagon, as DCM in Vienna, and as POLAD at a NATO command. She was a Senior Advisor in the Office of Base Rights Negotiations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Arms Control. She retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2005 and since then has worked full-time in the State Department as a Senior Advisor. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, responsible for specialized negotiations in the Western Hemisphere and Eastern Europe.

Ms. Corbett has received six of the State Department’s Superior Honor Awards, Senior Performance Pay, and the distinguished POLAD award. She also received the Joint Civilian Meritorious Service Medal from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She speaks fluent German and French and is conversant in several other languages.

Ms. Corbett graduated with honors from Smith College, studied at the graduate level in Germany and Italy and received a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C


Pamela K. Durham

Date: 03/16/2009 Location: Washington, DC Description: Photo of Pamela K. Durham  ISN/MTR  State Dept PhotoPam Durham has been Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Missile Threat Reduction (ISN/MTR) since 2006. In that position, she overseas the U.S. government’s working level effort to impede, rollback, and eliminate the proliferation of missiles capable of the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) using a variety of tools, including diplomacy, export controls, interdiction, licensing and visa review, nonproliferation regimes, and sanctions. Mrs. Durham also heads the U.S. delegation to the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC) and serves as the Alternate U.S. Head of Delegation to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

Between 1997 and 2006, Mrs. Durham was Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Chemical, Biological, and Missile Nonproliferation. Prior to that, she served in a variety of positions in the Foreign Service.

Mrs. Durham graduated in 1982 from Ripon College (Ripon, WI) with a BA in French, History, and Spanish. In 1985, she received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Medford, MA).



Ann K. Ganzer

Ann K. Ganzer is the Director of the Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction. She began her State Department career in the Foreign Service, serving in Mexico and a variety of positions in the Department. An assignment in Political-Military Affairs led her to change career direction and focus on nonproliferation and international security. She notes that conventional arms significantly contribute to destabilization in areas ranging from Darfur to Latin America. “Our nonproliferation policies must be effective and increase security. We work closely with other countries, particularly our partners in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-use Goods and Technologies in an effort to prevent illicit trade in conventional arms. Nonproliferation work is incredibly rewarding. Women have an important role to play in ensuring international security.”

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