Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Raymond Zilinskas began work at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, in 1998. His research focuses on biological arms control, the proliferation potential of the former Soviet Union's biological warfare program, and meeting the threat of bioterrorism. He was named to his current position in 2002.
Dr. Zilinskas worked as a clinical microbiologist for 16 years before completing his Ph.D. In the 1980s, after stints at the Office of Technology Assessment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, he found teaching positions at the Center for Public Issues in Biotechnology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and at Johns Hopkins University.
In 1993, Dr. Zilinskas was named a William Foster Fellow at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) to work on biological and toxin warfare issues. In 1994, ACDA seconded him to the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), where he participated in inspections of biological research and production facilities in Iraq. At UNSCOM, he set up a database of key dual-use biological equipment in Iraq and helped develop the protocol to guide the ongoing monitoring and verification program.
Dr. Zilinskas has testified before the U.S. Congress and is the author of Biological Warfare: Modern Offense and Defense. He currently is writing a book on the former Soviet Union's biological warfare program, and another on how toxins are treated in international law.
He received his bachelor's degree and a Ph.D. from California State University, and a Filosofie Kandidat in organic chemistry from the University of Stockholm.