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Dr. Purser joined the State Department in March 2018 as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.  Since then, he has also served as the Chief Coordinator for Sanctions and Denuclearization on the Secretary’s Working Group for North Korea as well as the Senior Advisor for Competitive Strategy to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. Before starting at State, Dr. Purser ran the Europe and Eurasia team for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2015-2018).

He entered public service after 9/11, in response to which he left a management position in a consulting firm in China to become an intelligence officer in the United States Navy (2002-2011). Since then, he has also worked for both the U.S. Naval War College and the RAND Corporation. Additionally, Dr. Purser served for a year as an AmeriCorps Veteran Leader Corp member.

He earned a B.A. in political science and international relations, cum laude, at Carleton College, a masters in National Security & Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, and both a masters and a doctorate in political science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Additionally, Dr. Purser is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins SAIS — Nanjing University Center.

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