George Perkovich

Vice President for Studies
Perkovich’s research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, with a concentration on South Asia, Iran, and the problem of justice in the international political economy.
 

Education

PhD, University of Virginia
MA, Harvard University
BA, University of California at Santa Cruz 

Languages

English; French; Russian

 

George Perkovich is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, with a concentration on South Asia, Iran, and the problem of justice in the international political economy.

Perkovich is author of the award-winning book India’s Nuclear Bomb (University of California Press, 2001) and co-author of the Adelphi Paper “Abolishing Nuclear Weapons,” published in September 2008 by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. This paper is the basis of the book Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate, which includes seventeen critiques by thirteen eminent international commentators. He also co-wrote a major Carnegie report entitled “Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security,” a blueprint for rethinking the international nuclear-nonproliferation regime. The report offers a fresh approach to dealing with states, terrorists, nuclear weapons, and fissile materials to ensure global safety and security.

He served as a speechwriter and foreign policy adviser to Senator Joe Biden from 1989 to 1990. Perkovich is an adviser to the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ task force on U.S. nuclear policy. 

  • August 6, 2015
    Parsing the Iran Deal

    An analysis of the Iran deal from a nonproliferation perspective.

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  • Washington Quarterly May 22, 2015
    Modi’s Strategic Choice: How to Respond to Terrorism from Pakistan

    There are many ways to make Pakistani military leaders conclude that the cohesion, security, and progress of their own country will be further jeopardized if they fail to act vigorously to prevent terrorism against India.

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  • Article April 28, 2015
    Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not the North Korea Deal

    Unlike North Korea, Iran may well be motivated to live up to the terms of its nuclear deal, while the United States may find it even more difficult to deliver.

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  • Nuclear
    Op-Ed Project Syndicate April 10, 2015 Русский
    Why Turkey Won’t Go Nuclear

    Economic interests, combined with national security considerations, give Turkey an incentive not to seek nuclear weapons.

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  • Op-Ed POLITICO Magazine April 2, 2015
    The Benefits of Mutual Distrust

    If the proposed deal can be completed as now planned, at the end of its duration, near 2030, a major threat to international peace and security and the global nuclear order will have been abated.

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  • Down to the Wire With Iran
    Q&A March 5, 2015 中文
    Down to the Wire With Iran

    It’s easy to forget just how remarkable the nuclear talks with Iran are and that there is no better alternative to the current approach.

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  • Testimony Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Senate Armed Services Committee February 25, 2015
    Regional Nuclear Dynamics

    The most immediately pressing objective of U.S. policy should be to apply vigorous, creative diplomatic and political energy to prevent another crisis between India and Pakistan, and if one cannot be prevented, to manage it with minimal escalation.

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  • Q&A November 25, 2014 Русский 中文
    Iran Nuclear Talks Extended, Again

    Washington and its allies should strategically continue patient diplomacy unless Iran resumes provocative nuclear activities.

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  • Op-Ed Washington Post July 11, 2014
    How to Resolve the Iran Impasse

    If Iran, the United States and the others could agree to pre-stock fuel for Bushehr and focus Iran’s enrichment program on research and development, it would be in everyone’s interest to extend the negotiations on this basis.

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  • Podcast June 25, 2014
    One Year After Sunnylands: Assessing the U.S.-China Relationship

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia in April 2014 underscored the importance of the U.S.-China relationship one year after the landmark U.S.-China Summit at the Sunnylands estate.

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  • March 24, 2015
    Turkey’s Nuclear Future

    Turkey is a rising economic and political force with the ability to affect dynamics in the greater Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. To meet its rising energy needs, the country—already an important actor in the international nuclear order—plans to establish nuclear power plants on its territory.

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  • April 1, 2013
    Do Unto Others: Toward a Defensible Nuclear Doctrine

    President Barack Obama should articulate a narrowed framework for the legitimate use of nuclear weapons that the United States believes would be defensible for others to follow as long as nuclear weapons remain.

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  • Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace February 13, 2009
    Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate

    A distinguished group of experts from thirteen countries explore how to overcome obstacles to nuclear disarmament and pose questions that require further official and nongovernmental deliberation.

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  • Adelphi Paper September 16, 2008
    Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

    In this new Adelphi Paper published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), George Perkovich and James M. Acton examine the challenges that exist to abolishing nuclear weapons completely, and suggest what can be done now to start overcoming them.

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  • Strategic Studies Institute October 1, 2005
    Iran Gets the Bomb—Then What?

    The acquisition of nuclear weapons by terrorists or any additional states would shake the international system. The more strategically important the state, the greater the potential threat to global security.

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  • Cover - India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global
    University of California Press, Oxford University Press in South Asia November 5, 2001
    India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation

     

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  • Cover - India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global
    Berkeley, University of California Press December 2, 1999
    India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation

    Why did India bid for nuclear weapon status at a time when 149 nations had signed a ban on nuclear testing? What drove India's new Hindu nationalist government to depart from decades of nuclear restraint, a control that no other nation with similar capacities had displayed? How has U.S. nonproliferation policy affected India's decision making?

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  • July 8, 2015 Washington, D.C.
    India’s Evolving Nuclear Force and Doctrine

    India’s nuclear force is evolving rapidly, but its nuclear doctrine has not been updated since 2003. What is the future direction of India’s nuclear force and doctrine?

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  • April 20, 2015 Washington, DC
    Turkey’s Role in a Turbulent Middle East

    Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu addressed the country’s evolving policy toward the Middle East, including its role in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

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  • April 16, 2015 Washington, DC
    Finance Minister Dar on the Revival of Pakistan’s Economy

    While Pakistan’s economy has made strides in recent years, the government continues to deal with very real setbacks, including energy challenges that have hindered fast-paced recovery.

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  • April 13, 2015
    The Future of the Deal

    In this panel, the participants discussed the technical aspects of the framework deal that was signed in the beginning of April.

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  • April 13, 2015 Washington, DC
    The Iran Nuclear Deal

    What are the short and long-term obstacles to finalizing and sustaining a nuclear deal with Iran, and how would a U.S.-Iran nuclear détente impact ongoing conflicts and long-standing alliances in the Middle East?

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  • March 24, 2015
    Iran: Assessing Prospects for a Comprehensive Agreement

    Is there an intersection between what negotiators can agree and what domestic politics in Tehran and Washington can bear? If a comprehensive agreement is possible, can it be insulated against future political shocks and with incentives for compliance by all sides? | VIDEO | TRANSCRIPT

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  • March 24, 2015
    The India Deal: A 10 Year Assessment

    From its announcement in 2005 to today, the U.S.-India civil nuclear deal has been controversial. A decade after the fact, how should we assess the impact of the deal? | VIDEO | TRANSCRIPT

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  • February 5, 2015 Washington, DC
    Overcoming the U.S.-India Divide

    President Barack Obama’s visit to India for Republic Day on January 26 carries the hope that Washington and New Delhi will establish a firm foundation for cooperation.

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  • December 3, 2014 Washington, DC
    The Outcome of the Iran Talks and the Next Steps

    Negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran have agreed to extend the talks on Iran’s nuclear program to June 2015. Many issues are still to be solved, such as establishing a formula for verifiably limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity as well as an acceptable process for relieving sanctions. Still, all parties to the talks have stressed the need to reach a comprehensive agreement.

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  • October 7, 2014 Washington, DC
    Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation

    Nuclear disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation, and the threat of nuclear terrorism are among the most critical challenges facing the world today.

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