Deepti Choubey

Former Deputy Director
Nuclear Policy Program
Choubey was previously the director of the Peace and Security Initiative for the Ploughshares Fund. She also worked for Ambassador Nancy Soderberg in the New York office of the International Crisis Group.


A.B., Harvard University; M.I.A., Columbia University


Hindi; Urdu


Deepti Choubey is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Deepti Choubey was the deputy director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. She established strategic priorities for the Program, conducted research and generated policy analysis, and led the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.

Areas of interest for her research include the calculations of non–nuclear-weapon states, U.S. nonproliferation and disarmament policies, U.S. nuclear security spending, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the U.S.–India civilian nuclear cooperation deal, the NPT Review Conference and the comprehensive test ban treaty. She has provided commentary for CNN, MSNBC, Russia Today TV, Voice of America, numerous foreign outlets, National Public Radio, BBC, ABC Radio and CBS Radio, and has written for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News and World Report, among others.

Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment in 2006, Choubey was director of the Peace and Security Initiative (PSI) for the Ploughshares Fund. The PSI is a network of more than 160 think tanks, advocacy organizations, grassroots groups, and funders that work together to increase their capacity to influence U.S. national security policies. Before joining Ploughshares, Choubey worked for Ambassador Nancy Soderberg in the New York office of the International Crisis Group.

Choubey earned her Masters of International Affairs, with a focus on South Asia security policy, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also became a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow in Hindi and Urdu at Columbia. Before that, Choubey was a strategy consultant advising market-leading companies in Asia, Europe, and the United States. She earned her undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University.

  • Future Prospects for the NPT
    Op-Ed Arms Control Today July 15, 2010
    Future Prospects for the NPT

    The results of the 2010 NPT Review Conference were notable. Now, NPT parties must determine how best to build on their incremental success and overcome obstacles, some of which already are apparent.

  • Understanding the 2010 NPT Review Conference
    Q&A June 3, 2010
    Understanding the 2010 NPT Review Conference

    The 2010 NPT Review Conference achieved small but significant steps and should be considered a win for the United States.

  • Proliferation Analysis May 3, 2010
    Defining Success for the NPT Review Conference

    The 2010 NPT Review Conference is not a make-or-break moment for the nonproliferation regime. Countries should realize that they each have an opportunity to create positive momentum for further strengthening the regime after the Review Conference.

  • NPT Review Conference—Not a Make or Break Moment
    Q&A April 29, 2010
    NPT Review Conference—Not a Make or Break Moment

    The upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is a chance for all states—not only the United States—to stabilize and strengthen the nonproliferation regime.

  • Middle East Peace–START–Iran–Reset:Clinton’s Trip
    Q&A March 17, 2010
    Middle East Peace–START–Iran–Reset:Clinton’s Trip to Moscow

    U.S. Secretary of State Clinton leaves for Moscow for a Quartet meeting on efforts to revive Israeli–Palestinian peace talks. She will also meet with President Medvedev to address the bilateral agenda, not least the successor agreement to START and Iran's nuclear program.

  • Nonproliferation's Contribution
    Op-Ed eJournal USA February 22, 2010
    Nonproliferation's Contribution

    More than ever, preventing nuclear weapons proliferation requires cooperation among the United States, Russia, and China, plus emerging powers. To achieve this cooperation, measures must be crafted to uphold the bargain between disarmament and nonproliferation.

  • Restoring the NPT: Essential Steps for 2010
    Report November 16, 2009
    Restoring the NPT: Essential Steps for 2010

    The upcoming 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is an opportunity to strengthen the struggling nonproliferation regime, but achieving even modest success will require the political cooperation of nuclear and non-nuclear-weapon states.

  • Iran and the West at a Crossroad
    Op-Ed YaleGlobal November 2, 2009
    Iran and the West at a Crossroad

    Iran's refusal to export its enriched uranium as part of a deal to assuage concerns that it is developing nuclear weapons could have serious consequences, including unifying the major powers to adopt harsher legal and economic measures.

  • Iran Brings Urgency to U.S.'s Need to Ratify Nucle
    Op-Ed The Hill October 20, 2009
    Iran Brings Urgency to U.S.'s Need to Ratify Nuclear-Test Treaty

    Universal ratification of the CTBT will create another tool for impeding Iran's nuclear ambitions, but the United States must take the lead.

  • The CTBT’s Importance for U.S. National Security
    Q&A October 14, 2009
    The CTBT’s Importance for U.S. National Security

    The treaty calling for a global ban on nuclear tests was rejected by the United States Senate ten years ago. Ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) now will provide greater leverage over states of concern and enhance international peace and security.

  • Russia Today March 9, 2010
    Sanctions Against Iran?

    The current discussion in the UN Security Council regarding a fourth sanctions resolution against Iran is a result of Iran's inability to convince the international community of its peaceful nuclear intentions.

  • CNN November 27, 2009
    Getting Iran to Suspend Nuclear Work

    An International Atomic Energy Agency resolution demanding that Iran immediately suspend the construction of its enrichment facility near Qom is an important signal that the nonproliferation regime does not accept rule-breakers.

  • Agenda with Steve Paikin October 2, 2009
    Iran: No Good Choices

    In the aftermath of the P5+1 nuclear talks in Geneva, the focus should be on finding a face-saving arrangement in which Iran could enrich uranium, but below the high enrichment levels needed for nuclear weapons.

  • Southern California Public Radio September 28, 2009
    Iran Tests Advanced Missiles

    Iran has test-fired advanced missiles, just days before international negotiations over its nuclear program take place on October 1. The key issue at hand, however, is the recent disclosure of its clandestine centrifuge facility near Qom.

  • The spread of nuclear suppliseand technology
    September 23, 2010 Washington, D.C.
    Parsing the Hype: How Nuclear Materials and Technology Spread

    While international diffusion of nuclear materials and technology is an important cause of nuclear weapons proliferation, experts disagree on how best to address the problem and prevent countries from acquiring nuclear weapons.

  • June 17, 2010 Washington, DC
    The 2010 NPT Review Conference: What Happened and What Next?

    Despite the odds, nearly 190 countries agreed to concrete actions and commitments to principles at the conclusion of the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. and what should happen next.

  • April 21, 2010 Washington, D.C.
    International Perspectives on the Nuclear Posture Review

    The Obama administration has released the highly anticipated Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The reactions of key nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states to this document will help determine whether the NPR will advance U.S. and international security.

  • March 31, 2010 Washington, DC
    Toward a Successful NPT Review Conference

    In May 2010, nearly 190 nations will meet in New York to assess the implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to chart a path forward for progress on its three pillars: nonproliferation, disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

  • March 4, 2010 Moscow Русский
    Obama's Nuclear Agenda: A View from Washington

    Two potentially conflicting imperatives drive Barack Obama’s nuclear agenda. On the one hand, he has called for a world free of nuclear weapons. On the other hand, he believes that the United States needs credible nuclear deterrence.

  • November 16, 2009 Washington, DC
    Restoring the NPT: Essential Steps for 2010

    The results of the May 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference will exacerbate or allay concerns about the nuclear nonproliferation regime unraveling.

  • British Parliamentarians
    September 9, 2009 Washington, D.C.
    British Parliamentary Perspectives on Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation

    A group of current and former high-level British parliamentarians discussed the need for American leadership in pursuit of global nuclear disarmament, the importance of developments in Iran for British security, and the challenges of engaging public opinion across Europe on issues of nonproliferation and disarmament.

  • January 12, 2009 Washington, D.C.
    Nuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining Priorities

    Stephen I. Schwartz and Deepti Choubey have determined for the first time that the United States spent over $52 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs in fiscal year 2008, figures that even the government does not compile because there is no official nuclear security budget.

  • Deepti Choubey
    November 7, 2008 Washington, D.C.
    Are New Nuclear Bargains Attainable?

    Erosion of U.S. authority in the nonproliferation regime has imperiled U.S. national security and its ability to pursue its security objectives, particularly those related to nonproliferation. The next U.S. administration has an opportunity to reclaim leadership and rebuild the dangerously damaged nonproliferation regime, but only if it better understands the views of non-nuclear-weapon states.

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