George Perkovich is the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini chair and the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, overseeing the Technology and International Affairs Program, the Nuclear Policy Program, and the South Asia Program. He works on the intersection of strategic technologies and international affairs, with particular focus on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation issues, and restraining cyber conflict among states.
Perkovich is the author of the prize-winning book, India’s Nuclear Bomb (University of California Press, 1999), which Foreign Affairs called “an extraordinary and perhaps definitive account of 50 years of Indian nuclear policymaking.”
Perkovich is co-author with James Acton of the 2008 Adelphi Paper, Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, and co-editor of the subsequent book, Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic Monthly, the Weekly Standard, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. His essay in Foreign Affairs, “Giving Justice Its Due,” reflects ongoing work on the challenge of justice in international relations.
On Iran and South Asian security affairs, he has advised many agencies of the U.S. government, and testified before both houses of Congress. Perkovich served as a speechwriter and foreign policy adviser to Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) from 1989-90.
He has been a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Arms Control and International Security, the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Nuclear Policy, and was a principal adviser to the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, a joint initiative of the governments of Japan and Australia.