Mark Hiznay

Associate Director, Arms Division
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Mark Hiznay is the associate director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch where he provides expertise on military operations and weapons technology. His work centers on identifying weapons, advocating for new treaty law, and documenting the effective implementation of multilateral disarmament processes.  He has authored and contributed to numerous Human Rights Watch publications addressing antipersonnel mines, cluster munitions, chemical weapons, and incendiary weapons.

Before joining Human Rights Watch in January 2000, Hiznay conducted operations research, systems analysis, and negotiations support for US government agencies and commercial clients related to arms control treaty implementation and compliance.  He provided policy and budget analysis for the life-cycle management of strategic and tactical weapon systems and developed procedures to host foreign inspection teams at military and civilian industrial facilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention, Open Skies Treaty, and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

Hiznay received a BA from Norwich University (the Military College of Vermont) in 1989 and earned a Master’s degree in 1992 from the George Washington University. He served as an infantryman in the Army National Guard and US Army Reserve.

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