Dr. Janne E. Nolan chairs the Nuclear Security Working Group and is a faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University. She has had extensive experience in national security in government and the private sector, holding senior staff positions in the Department of State and the U.S. Senate and as a member of several blue ribbon commissions including the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (chairman), the National Defense Panel, the Department of State’s Accountability Review Board, the Congressionally-appointed Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board.  Read more

Kemp_Final_98_150Dr. Geoffrey Kemp is Director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest and co-chairs the Iran Futures Project with Dr. Janne Nolan. He served in the White House during the first Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. Dr. Kemp received his Ph.D. in Political Science at M.I.T. and his M.A. and B.A. degrees from Oxford University. Read more


Acton_Final_98_150Dr. James M. Acton is a senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. A physicist by training, Acton specializes in deterrence, disarmament, nonproliferation, and nuclear energy. His current research focuses on the implications of next-generation conventional weapons for both the nuclear disarmament process and international security more broadly. Read more



Adams_Final_98_150Brig. Gen. John Adams, U.S. Army (Ret.) is President of Guardian Six Consulting. He retired from the U.S. Army in September 2007. He is currently studying toward a PhD in Political Science at the University of Arizona, with a research focus on European institutions. His final military assignment was as Deputy United States Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, the highest military authority of NATO. Read more


Barnes_Final_98_150Brig. Gen. J. Robert “Bob” Barnes, U.S. Army retired from the Army in 2001 after 32 years of service.  He started his career as an Air Defense officer, and among other assignments commanded nuclear custodial units associated with allied Nike Hercules air defense units in Europe. After being selected for the Funded Legal Education Program, he transferred to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1977.   His last JAGC assignment was as the Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Army (Civil Law and Litigations). Read more


Blechman_Final_98_150Dr. Barry M. Blechman is currently a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center — a non-partisan, non-profit think-tank in Washington, DC.  He co-founded Stimson and was chairman of its Board from 1989 to 2007.  Blechman also founded DFI International Inc., a research consultancy, in 1984, and served as its CEO until 2007. Read more




Bloomfield_Final_98_150Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. has served since 2008 as Chairman of the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.  Mr. Bloomfield was the U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09 (reducing the availability of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to terrorist groups), and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs as well as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Humanitarian Mine Action from 2001-2005. Read more


Butler_Final_98_150Rear Admiral John D. Butler, CBE, U.S. Navy, commenced his current assignment at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC) in September 2008.  He manages SSC’s Washington, DC office and serves as the SSC interface with the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs and Lockheed Martin Washington Operations.  He is also responsible for UK Strategic Systems and Navy integration relative to LMUK-SS business at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, which includes Strategic Weapons Systems base operations for the Vanguard class SSBN at Faslane and the Royal Navy Armaments Depot (RNAD) at Coulport. Read more


Caldwell small white sidesDan Caldwell, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University, earned his AB, MA and PhD degrees at Stanford University and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has held visiting faculty appointments at USC, UCLA and Brown University.  Prof. Caldwell is a member of the International Studies Association and the Council on Foreign Relations, where he chairs the Academic Outreach Initiative. Read more



Castellaw_Final_98_150Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) is the president of the Crockett Policy Institute (CPI) a non-partisan policy and research organization chartered in Tennessee. Castellaw’s service in the Marines spanned 36 years. He was with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, commanded a U.S. joint force in the multi-national security and stability operation in East Timor, and served as the chief of staff for the U.S. Central Command. His last assignments on active duty were in the Pentagon where he oversaw Marine Aviation and the Marine Corps budget. Read more



Chayes_FINALAntonia Chayes is Professor of Practice in International Politics and Law at The Fletcher School. She taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Law School. Chayes was Vice Chair of Conflict Management Group (CMG), an international nonprofit dispute resolution organization. She mediated corporate disputes for JAMS/Endispute. As Board member of United Technologies Corporation for 21 years, she chaired its Public Issues Review Committee, and served on its Executive Committee until retiring in 2002.  Read more


Chubin_Final_98_150Dr. Shahram Chubin is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program. Based in Geneva, Chubin’s research focuses on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues. Chubin was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009. A specialist in the security problems of the Middle East, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, and the United Nations. He has been director of regional security studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a resident fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and a fellow at the Hudson Institute. Read more


Colby_Final_98_150Elbridge Colby is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development. Colby was most recently a Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he consulted extensively with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Strategic Command, and the U.S. Department of State on matters relating to defense, nuclear and nuclear deterrence, strategy escalation, and arms controls. In 2012, he served as the deputy head for national security personnel on the Mitt Romney pre-transition effort and also worked on several of the campaign’s security policy teams. Read more


Cordesman_Final_98_150Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS, where he has completed a wide variety of studies on energy, U.S. strategy and defense plans, the lessons of modern war, defense programming and budgeting, NATO modernization, Chinese military power, proliferation, counterterrorism, armed nation building, security in the Middle East, and the Afghan and Iraq conflicts. Before joining CSIS, Cordesman served as director of intelligence assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as civilian assistant to the deputy secretary of defense. Read more



Curtis_Final_98_150Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis is President and CEO of the American Middle East Institute (AMEI), a national, non-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, which she launched in 2008. AMEI works to build greater business, educational and cultural ties between the U.S. and the countries of the Middle East, and has hosted many high-level delegations in Pittsburgh and led many missions to the Middle East. Read more





Dr. Peter Dombrowski is a professor of strategy in the Strategic Research Department at the Naval War College.  Previous positions include director of the Naval War College Press, editor of the Naval War College Review, co-editor of International Studies Quarterly, Associate Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and defense analyst at ANSER, Inc. Read more


Michael-Eisenstadtt-283x150-279x148Michael Eisenstadt is a senior fellow, and director of the Military and Security Studies Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has published widely on irregular and conventional warfare and nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East. His most recent publications include: Not by Sanctions Alone: Using Military and Other Means to Bolster Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran (The Washington Institute, 2013); Beyond Worst Case Analysis: Iran’s Likely Responses to an Israeli Preventive Strike (with Michael Knights, The Washington Institute, 2012). Read more


Feldman_Final_98_150Professor Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University.  Professor Feldman is also a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where he serves as Co-Chair of the Middle East Security Project. Read more



Femia_Final_98_150Francesco Femia is Co-Founder & Director of the Center for Climate and Security, where he leads the Center’s policy development, analysis, research and resource hub programs. He recently served as Program Director at the Connect U.S. Fund, where he directed operational and grant programs ranging from international climate policy, to mass atrocity prevention and response.  At the Fund, he founded and facilitated the U.S. Climate Leadership Group, a multi-stakeholder effort involving policy institutes and donors in the national security and development sectors, aimed at offering innovative recommendations for U.S.-international climate policy. Read more


Fetter_Final_98_150Dr. Steve Fetter has been a professor in the School of Public Policy since 1988, serving as dean from 2005 to 2009.  He is currently Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.  His research and policy interests include nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear energy and releases of radiation, and climate change and low-carbon energy supply. Fetter is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been a member of the Director of National Intelligence’s Intelligence Science Board, the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, the board of directors of the Arms Control Association, and the board of editors of Science and Global Security. Read more


Mark_Final_98_150Mark Fitzpatrick is Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. His IISS program focuses on proliferation challenges posed by Iran, North Korea, Syria and other outlier states, and on nuclear security and nuclear disarmament issues. He is the author of Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers (2014) and The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding worst-case outcomes (2008). He is also the editor of six IISS Strategic Dossiers on countries and regions of proliferation concern, most recently on North Korea (July 2011) and Iran (February 2011). Read more

Gavin_Final_98_150Dr. Francis J. Gavin is first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT.  Before joining MIT, he was the Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.  From 2005 until 2010, he directed The American Assembly’s multiyear, national initiative, The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions. Read more


Gay_Final_98_150John Allen Gay is assistant managing editor of The National Interest. He is coauthor of War with Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). His writing has appeared in newspapers around the world and in publications like The Huffington PostThe American Conservative, and Rare. He holds a master’s in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Read More


Glaser_Final_98_150Dr. Charles L. Glaser is a professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science at The George Washington University, and Director of the Elliott School’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. His research focuses on international relations theory and international security policy. Professor Glaser’s book, Rational Theory of International Politics was published by Princeton University Press in 2010. Read more



Gormley_Final_98_150Professor Dennis Gormley served for 10 years in the US intelligence community, 20 years as a senior officer and board member of Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation focusing on international security, arms control, and weapons proliferation, and 10 years as a senior fellow with US and internationally prominent think tanks. Currently, he is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a senior research fellow at the university’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. Read more


Huessy_Final_98_150Peter Huessy is President of his own defense consulting firm, GeoStrategic Analysis, founded in 1981, and was the senior defense consultant at the National Defense University Foundation for 22 years. He is now the National Security Fellow at the AFPC, and Senior Defense Consultant at the Air Force Association. Mr. Huessy has served as an expert defense and national security analyst for over 36 years, helping his clients cover congressional activities, while monitoring budget and policy developments on terrorism, counter-terrorism, immigration, state-sponsored terrorism, missile defense, especially US-Israeli joint defense efforts, nuclear deterrence, arms control, proliferation. Read more


Jameson_Final_98_150Lt. Gen. Dirk Jameson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after more than three decades of service. General Jameson’s final assignment was as Deputy Commander-in-Chief U.S. Strategic Command. General Jameson commanded the Air Force’s 20th Air Force and was responsible for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile forces of the United States. General Jameson served as Chief of Staff and Director of Command Control, Strategic Air Command and commanded the USAF Strategic Missile Center at Vandenberg AFB, California. Read more


Kay_Final_98_150Dr. David Kay is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and a consultant with a concentration on counter terrorism and weapons proliferation. He also appears frequently in the media as a commentator on proliferation and terrorism issues. Dr. Kay is a member of the Department of States International Security Advisory Board. Read more




Koch_Final_98_150Dr. Susan J. Koch is an independent consultant, specializing in policy issues regarding arms reduction and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, a Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy, and an associate faculty member in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University. Read more




Levine photoDr. Edward Levine is a retired senior professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), which he served from 1997 until 2011. Before that, he was a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) from 1976 until 1997. Dr. Levine was the SFRC’s lead Democratic specialist on arms control, nonproliferation, and U.S arms sales to other countries. He played a major staff role in the Senate’s consideration of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, the Moscow Treaty, and the New START Treaty. Read more



Litwak_finalDr. Robert Litwak is Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Litwak served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Nonproliferation in the first Clinton administration. Read more



Austin_Long_98_150Austin Long is an Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute He was previously an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Read more




Murray_Final_98_150Hon. Robert J. Murray is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and President Emeritus of CNA Corporation, a non-profit research and analysis organization devoted to independent and objective analysis of public issues. Prior to CNA, Murray was a teacher, first at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he was Dean and Director of the College’s Advanced Research Center and creator/director of the Strategic Studies Group; and from 1983-1990, a faculty member at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and director of the School’s national security program. Read more



Mycklby_Final_98_150Col. Mark Mykleby U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) is currently the Co-Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Mark was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987.  He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990.  From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Commanding Officer. Read more


Kelleher_Final_98_150Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher was appointed College Park Professor in August 2006, and taught and advised in the areas of international security and American defense policy. She is concurrently Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Her government service includes service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and the Secretary of Defense’s representative to NATO in Brussels during the Clinton administration. Read more


Vipin_Narang_98_150Vipin Narang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. Read more



Pifer_Final_98_150Ambassador Steven Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He focuses on arms control, Russia and Ukraine, and regularly comments on these issues in the media. He is co-author of The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms. Read more


Platt_Final_98_150Dr. Alan Platt is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he lectures on US foreign and national security policy. He also provides strategic guidance to select companies seeking counsel on government affairs and serves on four nonprofit boards. For the past 18 years, Mr. Platt was a Principal in the Washington office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he concentrated on foreign economic and international security matters. He also counseled a number of companies on understanding the Executive and Legislative processes. Read more


Posen_Final_98_150Dr. Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI. He has written two books, Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks and The Sources of Military Doctrine. The latter won two awards: The American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award, and Ohio State University’s Edward J. Furniss Jr. Book Award. Read more


Preble_Final_98_150Dr. Christopher A. Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of three books including The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009), which documents the enormous costs of America’s military power, and proposes a new grand strategy to advance U.S. security; and John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap (Northern Illinois University Press, 2004), which explores the political economy of military spending during the 1950s and early 1960s. Read more


Roberts_Final_98_150Col. Guy Roberts, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) is currently an independent consultant on national security and non-proliferation issues with over thirty-five years of experience in foreign affairs, international organizations, bi-lateral and multilateral negotiations, and international legal matters.Until August 2011 he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) where he was responsible for developing policy on combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Read more



Rohlfing Leadership Page PictureJoan Rohlfing became president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in January 2010, after nine years as NTI’s senior vice president for programs and operations. She is responsible for managing all NTI programs and operations, overseeing an annual operating budget of $15-$20 million.

She was part of the original team that created the mission and scope for NTI in 2000. Once the organization launched in 2001, she played strategic roles in several of NTI’s hallmark projects such as the formation of the World Institute for Nuclear Security, the creation of the Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance and the Nuclear Security Project led by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn in their effort to galvanize global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers and build support for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons, ultimately ending them as a threat to the world. Read more

Shaw_Final_98_150Dr. Douglas B. Shaw serves as Associate Dean for Planning, Research, and External Relations at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, with a concurrent appointment as Assistant Professor of International Affairs. As Associate Dean, he supports the Elliott School’s research enterprise, including eight institutes and centers, strategic initiatives, the offices of Public Affairs, Graduate Admissions, and Graduate Student Career Development. As a faculty member, he teaches courses and conducts research on nuclear proliferation and international security. Read more


Slocombe_Final_98_150Hon. Walter Slocombe is Secretary, a director, and member of the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council and a Senior Counsel at the Washington, DC, law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.  He served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 1994 to 2001, and, from May to November 2003, as Senior Advisor for National Security and Defense in the Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq. Read more




Caitlin_Talmadge_98_150Caitlin Talmadge is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where her research and teaching focus on U.S. defense policy, military effectiveness, civil-military relations, nuclear strategy, and Persian Gulf security issues. During the 2014-15 academic year, she was also a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Talmadge is the author of The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell University Press, 2015) and co-author of U.S. Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy (Routledge, 2014). Read more



Wedgwood_Final_98_150Dr. Ruth Wedgwood is the Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C.   She was previously the Charles Stockton professor of international law at the U.S. Naval War College, professor of law at Yale Law School,  senior fellow for international law at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board.  She has written widely on the law of armed conflict, United Nations peacekeeping and politics, and human rights law, and directed the Council on Foreign Relations investigative series on “Lessons Learned in Peacekeeping.” Read more



Welch_Final_98_150Maj. Gen. Jasper Welch, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) is a consultant to government and industry. His thirty-one year career in the United States Air Force included assignments at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, Air Force Headquarters, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. Read More.



Werrell_Final_98_150Caitlin Werrell is Co-Founder & Director of the Center for Climate and Security, where she leads the Center’s policy development, analysis, research and resource hub programs. She was also a co-founder of the MAP Institute for Water & Climate.  Her primary research interests include climate change, water policy and international security. She has spent over a decade investigating the intersection of security, natural resources, conflict and cooperation. Read more



Wright_Final_98_150Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News, Foreign Affairs and many others. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa and several years as a roving foreign correspondent worldwide. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. Until 2008, she covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post. Read more



Zakheim_Final_98_150Dr. Dov S. Zakheim is a Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation and a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the firm’s support of the U.S. Combatant Commanders worldwide. From 2001 to 2004, he was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense. Read more



Zegart_Final_98_150Dr. Amy Zegart is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an affiliated faculty member at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Before coming to Stanford, she served as professor of public policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and as a fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations. Read more.