Our Members

The NSWG is formed of over 100 senior policy advisors, business leaders, professors and military officials. All our members have extensive applied experience of nuclear security and international relations.

Our Members

The NSWG is formed of over 100 senior policy advisors, business leaders, professors and military officials. All our members have extensive applied experience of nuclear security and international relations.
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Dr. James M. Acton

Dr. James M. Acton

Co-Director, Nuclear Policy Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Dr. James M. Acton is Co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a prolific writer in the field of nuclear policy, and was a recipient of the competitive Carnegie Corporation of New York grant on New Technologies and the Nuclear Threat that funds his ongoing research into the escalation implications of advanced conventional weapons.
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Ambassador Susan Burk

Ambassador Susan Burk

Former Special Representative to the President of the United States for Nuclear Nonproliferation
Susan Burk is an independent consultant specializing on issues related to the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, in all aspects. She is a retired Senior Executive with 35 years’ experience, whose last position was as the Special Representative of the President (Obama) for Nuclear Non-proliferation, with the rank of Ambassador.
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Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis

Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis

President, CEO, Founder
American Middle East Institute
Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis is President, CEO and founder of the American Middle East Institute (AMEI), a national, non-profit organization, which works to build greater business, educational and cultural ties between the U.S. and the countries of the Middle East. With nearly 25 years’ experience, she is active in many civic and business organizations and her expertise center on government policy and the Middle East.
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Dr. Shahram Chubin

Dr. Shahram Chubin

Nonresident Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Dr. Shahram Chubin is a nonresident Senior Associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program, and was previously Director of Studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He has over 35 years’ experience in issues of defense and security, military and nuclear weapons, and now focuses his research on non-proliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues.
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Dr. Dan Caldwell

Dr. Dan Caldwell

Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Pepperdine University
Dr. Dan Caldwell is a distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University and a member of the International Studies Association and the Council on Foreign Relations, where he chairs the Academic Outreach Initiative. He previously served for three years on active duty as an Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He has a particular interest in American foreign policy, arms control, international security, and Russian-American relations.
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Mr. Mark Fitzpatrick

Mr. Mark Fitzpatrick

Executive Director
IISS-Americas
Mark Fitzpatrick is Executive Director of the Americas office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Head of the institute’s Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Program. He previously worked for 26 years in the U.S. Department of State. His research focuses on regional proliferation challenges and preventing nuclear danger in the era of 'nuclear renaissance'.
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Dr. Steve Fetter

Dr. Steve Fetter

Professor, School of Public Policy
University of Maryland
Dr. Steve Fetter is a Professor in the School of Public Policy, and also acting Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language. Over the last 30 years he has spent time working at the White House, at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and at several U.S. government agencies. His research and policy interests include nuclear arms control and non-proliferation, nuclear energy and releases of radiation, and climate change and low-carbon energy supply.
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Mr. Francesco “Frank” Femia

Mr. Francesco “Frank” Femia

Co-Founder & President
Center for Climate and Security
Francesco Femia is CEO of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR). He has previously served as Co-president of the Center for Climate and Security, and Co-chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group. He is an expert on European foreign policy, climate change, security and defense issues.
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Professor Shai Feldman

Professor Shai Feldman

Judy and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics
Brandeis
Dr. Shai Feldman is Professor of Politics and the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, and a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. During his 35 year career, he has also served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. His expertise are focused on Israel-Palestinian negotiations, nuclear proliferation, U.S. policy in the Middle East, and Israel foreign policy.
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Mr. Dennis M. Gormley

Mr. Dennis M. Gormley

Senior Lecturer
University of Pittsburgh
Dennis M. Gormley is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. His career spans back to the 1960s, when he was an officer in the U.S. Army. He has since worked in the U.S. intelligence community, and held various positions in academia. His work has focused on international security, arms control, and weapons proliferation issues.
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Seth Grae

Seth Grae

CEO, Lightbridge Corporation
Seth Grae is the CEO of Lightbridge Corporation. He has led the strategic direction and financing efforts of Lightbridge since its founding, including taking the company public. During his tenure,...
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Colonel (Ret.) Paul Hughes

Colonel (Ret.) Paul Hughes

Special Advisor and the Director of Overseas Safety and Security
U.S. Institute of Peace
Colonel Paul Hughes is the interim Vice President of the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation. He also serves as both a Special Advisor to the President of the United States Institute of Peace and as the Director of Overseas Safety and Security, and as the Executive Director for the 2018 National Defense Strategy Commission. He retired from the military in 2005 after 30 years of service, and now specializes in topics including arms control, weapons of mass destruction, and missile defense.
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Ms. Rebecca Hersman

Ms. Rebecca Hersman

PONI Director
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Rebecca Hersman is Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Advisor for the International Security Program, and has previously worked at the DOD, Council on Foreign Relations, and House Armed Services Committee. She specializes in defense strategy and capabilities, defense and security, geopolitics and international security, and weapons of mass destruction proliferation.
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Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate

Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate

Vice President for Materials Risk Management, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate joined NTI as Vice President for Materials Risk Management in April 2018. Previously, Ambassador Holgate was a consultant to the Third Way’s project on advanced nuclear...
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Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher

Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher

Professor Emeritus
University of Maryland
Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher is College Park Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, where she teaches and advises 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 earlier government service included working as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and the Secretary of Defense’s representative to NATO in Brussels. She has 50 years’ experience in nuclear arms control as well as German, Russian, and European security issues.
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Dr. Susan J. Koch

Dr. Susan J. Koch

Distinguished Research Fellow
National Defense University
Dr. Susan J. Koch is an independent consultant, specializing in policy issues regarding arms reduction and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She previously spent 25 years working in government, holding a series of positions at the White House and the Department of State.
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Dr. David Kay

Dr. David Kay

Senior Fellow
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Dr. 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 was previously a member of the Department of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and has served on a number of official U.S. government delegations and government and private advisory commissions.
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Dr. Colin Kahl

Dr. Colin Kahl

Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation
Colin H. Kahl is the inaugural Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a Professor, by courtesy, in the Department of Political Science...
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Dr. Patricia M. Lewis

Dr. Patricia M. Lewis

Research Director for International Security
Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Dr. Patricia Lewis is the Research Director of International Security at Chatham House. She has previously worked at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, UNIDIR and VERTIC. With a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and over 30 years’ experience in the field, she has been recognized for her work to resolve issues involving the interface of physics and society. Much of her research focuses on science and technology policies, weapons of mass destruction and arms control.
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Dr. Edward Levine

Dr. Edward Levine

Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Ret.)
Dr. Edward Levine is a retired senior professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), with over 40 years’ experience. Before that, he was a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and also taught Political Science at both the University of Michigan and Rice University. He is a leading specialist on arms control, non-proliferation, and U.S arms sales to other countries.
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Dr. Jim Miller

Dr. Jim Miller

Senior Fellow
Adaptive Strategies, LLC
Dr. Jim Miller is President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and on the Board of Advisors for Endgame, Inc. Over the last three decades he has also served as the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on strategy, policy, and operations, working to strengthen relations with allies and partners in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
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Kenneth Myers

Kenneth Myers

Senior Vice President for Defense and Security, PAE National
Security Solutions (NSS)
Kenneth Myers, is a Senior Vice President for Defense and Security at PAE National Security Solutions (NSS). NSS has nearly 3,000 employees, and is a world-wide authority in performing and...
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Dr. Janne E. Nolan

Dr. Janne E. Nolan

Chair
Nuclear Security Working Group
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. Her 40 years’ experience in national security has led her to specialize in military strategy, defense technology policy, nuclear doctrine and ethics.
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Dr. Alan Platt

Dr. Alan Platt

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Alan Platt is a retired Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and was previously a Principal in the Washington office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. His career spans almost 50 years, and has focused on foreign economic and international security matters, particularly the Executive and Legislative processes.
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Ms. Joan Rohlfing

Ms. Joan Rohlfing

President & COO
Nuclear Threat Initiative
Joan Rohlfing is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which she has been involved with since its launch. Before joining NTI, she held senior positions with the U.S. Department of Energy. Her career spans thirty years, and she has been awarded for her work in the field of nuclear policy.
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Dr. Or (Ori) Rabinowitz

Dr. Or (Ori) Rabinowitz

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Or (Ori) Rabinowitz is an Assistant Professor at the International Relations department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her ten year academic career has focused on nuclear proliferation, nuclear history, and U.S.-Israel relations.
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Mr. Frank A. Rose

Mr. Frank A. Rose

Senior Fellow, Security and Strategy
Brookings Institution
Frank A. Rose is a Senior Fellow for security and strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He previously served as Principal Director and Chief of Government Relations at the Aerospace Corporation, and has held various national security staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives during his 20 year career. He specializes in nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control, strategic stability, missile defense, outer space, and emerging security challenges.
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Dr. Douglas B. Shaw

Dr. Douglas B. Shaw

Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy
George Washington University
Dr. Douglas B. Shaw is Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where he has previously held a number of positions. Earlier in his 25 year career, Dr. Shaw joined the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and held appointments in both Clinton administrations. His expertise center on nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and disarmament.
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Dr. Jane Vaynman

Dr. Jane Vaynman

Assistant Professor
Temple University
Dr. Jane Vaynman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University, and was previously the Associate Director of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and Research Assistant Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She is also the Co-founder of the Nuclear Studies Research Initiative. She is known for her expertise in security cooperation between adversarial states and the design of arms control agreements.
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Dr. Ruth Wedgwood

Dr. Ruth Wedgwood

Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy International Law & Organizations
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Ruth Wedgwood is the Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the Director of the International Law Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C. She has over 30 years’ experience, including serving as a two-term U.S. member of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights. She is an expert in United Nations peacekeeping and politics, as well as American legal history.
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Ms. Robin Wright

Ms. Robin Wright

Contributor
New Yorker
Robin Wright is a foreign affairs journalist, who has reported from more than 140 countries over the last 30 years. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. She has received numerous awards for her work, which focuses on security and defense and terrorism, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Ms. Caitlin Werrell

Ms. Caitlin Werrell

Co-Founder & President
Center for Climate and Security
Caitlin Werrell is CEO of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR), and was previously Co-President of the Center for Climate and Security, and Co-Chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group. She has a particular interest in the security implications of climate change, water stress and natural resource mismanagement in Syria and North Africa, and on the potential for new technologies for addressing climate risks.
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Dr. Dov S. Zakheim

Dr. Dov S. Zakheim

Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Dr. Dov S. Zakheim is a Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation and a Senior Advisor 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. With experience spanning four decades, Dr. Zakheim’s expertise center on strategic planning and defense policy.
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