Robert Mikulak

Robert Mikulak

Distinguished Visiting Scholar


Background

Ambassador Robert Mikulak has recently retired after a long career in government.

From November 2010 to July 2015, he was the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), located in The Hague, Netherlands. Ambassador Mikulak previously served in the State Department and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in a series of increasingly responsible positions related to prohibition of chemical and biological weapons. During the decade-long negotiation of the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, he was the deputy U.S. negotiator and senior U.S. expert. Ambassador Mikulak was awarded the Secretary of State’s Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs in 2014 and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2015. He also received the Hilliard Roderick Prize in Arms Control from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992 and an honorary doctorate from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota in 2001.

Education

Ambassador Mikulak received his undergraduate education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.