About the Carnegie
Nuclear Policy Program

Nuclear dangers are increasing, yet remain largely underappreciated. Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program works to strengthen international security by diagnosing acute nuclear risks, informing debates on solutions, and engaging international actors to effect change.

The program’s success derives from its team of world-renowned experts of twelve nationalities. With unmatched on-the-ground knowledge and access to the highest levels of government in key states, our team is uniquely able to both develop innovative policy approaches and influence decisionmakers.

Our work spans deterrence, disarmament, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and nuclear energy. Our tools include research, capacity building, dialogue, and direct engagement with policymakers and industry.

Carnegie’s research and publications have helped define debates on the abolition of nuclear weapons, the implications of strategic conventional weapons for deterrence, the future of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and the terms of Sino-Indian nuclear rivalry. Our analyses and policy recommendations have informed governments’ approaches to negotiations, legislation, UN Security Council resolutions, and the enhancement of multilateral guidelines.

Our team of experts helps foster the next generation of nuclear policy experts through capacity-building initiatives. We began negotiations between the world’s major exporters of civilian nuclear power plants in which they agreed to a set of principles covering exporting decisions and practices.

We organize the biennial International Nuclear Policy Conference—the premier event in its field—bringing together over 800 experts and officials from more than 45 countries and international organizations.

Through activities like these, the Nuclear Policy Program leverages unrivaled expertise and global reach to apply innovative policy approaches to managing the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Blending extensive academic, industry, and governmental experience, Carnegie’s multilateral staff is at the forefront of nuclear policy issues in the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. The Program includes: George Perkovich (Vice President of Studies, Washington, DC), Toby Dalton (Co-director, Washington, DC), James Acton (Co-director, Washington, DC), Alexei Arbatov (Scholar-in-Residence, Moscow), Shahram Chubin (Nonresident Senior Associate, Geneva, Switzerland), Pierre Goldschmidt (Nonresident Senior Associate, Brussels, Belgium), Mark Hibbs (Senior Associate, Bonn, Germany), Ariel Levite (Nonresident Senior Associate, Tel Aviv, Israel), Li Bin (Senior Associate, Washington, DC), Karim Sadjadpour (Senior Associate, Washington, DC), Paul Schulte (Nonresident Senior Associate, London, U.K.), Togzhan Kassenova (Associate, Washington, DC), William Norris (Stanton Fellow and Associate, Washington, DC), Sinan Ülgen (Visiting Scholar, Brussels, Belgium), Nicholas Wright (Nonresident Associate, London, UK), Peter Topychkanov (Associate, Moscow), Tomoko Kurokawa (Nonresident Scholar, Washington, DC), Elizabeth Whitfield (Program Assistant, Washington, DC), Tong Zhao (Associate, Beijing, China), Wyatt Hoffman (Project Manager, Washington, DC), Lauryn Williams(Project Manager, Washington, DC), and William Ossoff (Junior Fellow, Washington, DC).

Carnegie Experts on
Nuclear Policy

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    James M. Acton
    Jessica T. Mathews Chair
    Co-director
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Acton holds the Jessica T. Mathews Chair and is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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    Toby Dalton
    Co-director
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Dalton is the co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. An expert on nonproliferation and nuclear energy, his work addresses regional security challenges and the evolution of the global nuclear order.
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    Mark Hibbs
    Senior Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Hibbs is a Germany-based senior fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. His areas of expertise are nuclear verification and safeguards, multilateral nuclear trade policy, international nuclear cooperation, and nonproliferation arrangements.
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    Togzhan Kassenova
    Nonresident Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Kassenova is a nonresident fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment.
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    Ulrich Kühn
    Nonresident Scholar
    Ulrich Kühn is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a senior research associate at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).
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    Tomoko Kurokawa
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Kurokawa is a nonresident scholar in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program.
  • expert thumbnail - Levite
    Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.
  • expert thumbnail - Bin
    Li Bin
    Senior Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program
    Li is a senior fellow working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Narang
    Vipin Narang
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Vipin Narang is a nonresident scholar in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Perkovich
    George Perkovich
    Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Chair
    Vice President for Studies
    Perkovich works primarily on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation issues; cyberconflict; and new approaches to international public-private management of strategic technologies.
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    Mareena Robinson Snowden
    Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Mareena Robinson Snowden is a Stanton nuclear security fellow with the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Ülgen
    Sinan Ülgen
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe
    Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on Turkish foreign policy, nuclear policy, cyberpolicy, and transatlantic relations.
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    Tristan Volpe
    Nonresident Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Tristan Volpe is a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.
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    Fumihiko Yoshida
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Fumihiko Yoshida is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Zhao
    Tong Zhao
    Fellow
    Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
    Tong Zhao is a fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.
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