Nuclear Policy
Nuclear Policy
About the Program

The Nuclear Policy Program aims to reduce the risk of nuclear war. Our experts diagnose acute risks stemming from technical and geopolitical developments, generate pragmatic solutions, and use our global network to advance risk-reduction policies. Our work covers deterrence, disarmament, arms control, nonproliferation, and nuclear energy.

Program experts

James M. Acton

Jessica T. Mathews Chair, Co-director, Nuclear Policy Program

Fiona Cunningham

Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program

Toby Dalton

Senior Fellow and Co-director, Nuclear Policy Program

Rose Gottemoeller

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

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Nicole Grajewski

Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Mark Hibbs

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Togzhan Kassenova

Togzhan Kassenova

Nonresident Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Ulrich Kühn

Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program

Jamie Kwong

Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Ariel (Eli) Levite

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program, Technology and International Affairs Program

Ankit Panda

Stanton Senior Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

George Perkovich

Japan Chair for a World Without Nuclear Weapons, Vice President for Studies

Lindsay Rand

Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program

Todd S. Sechser

Nonresident Scholar Nuclear Policy Program

Anne Stickells

Pre-Doctoral Stanton Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Lauren Sukin

Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program

Sinan Ülgen

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe

Tristan Volpe

Nonresident Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program

Fumihiko Yoshida

Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program

Tong Zhao

Senior Fellow, Carnegie China, Nuclear Policy Program

People at the nuclear policy conference

Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference

For over 30 years, experts, officials, executives, journalists, and students from across the globe have come together to debate—and explore solutions for—the most pressing challenges in nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, disarmament, deterrence, energy, and security at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.

Hypersonic Weapons

A new arms race is afoot. China, Russia, and the United States are aggressively pursuing the development and deployment of advanced hypersonic weapons, while other states are starting or scaling up their own programs. But what are these weapons? Who’s working on what? And what are the implications for global security? A strategy for managing the race toward these weapons—which combine speed with maneuverability and long ranges—has never been more crucial.

Resources for the Future of Arms Control

A guide to canonical sources on the history and aims of arms control, with a focus on verification and monitoring as well as contemporary challenges.

All Work from Nuclear Policy

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The Future of U.S. Nuclear Arms Control Policy
2:00 PM — 3:15 PM EDT

As Russia, China, and the United States build new nuclear weapons systems, the prospects for negotiating formal arms control treaties appear dim. The Biden administration continues to explore and support new pathways to manage nuclear risks, but Moscow and Beijing have thus far refused offers to substantively engage. Please join us for a discussion of the present and future of nuclear arms control.

The USS Carl Vinson, a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is anchored at a South Korean naval base during its port visit in the southeastern port city of Busan on November 22, 2023.
Nuclear for Nuclear? Understanding Divergent South Korean and American Perceptions on Deterring North Korea

There is a persistent question over how to communicate U.S.-ROK alliance deterrence posture, particularly in the event of a nuclear attack by North Korea.

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2024 New Voices, New Ideas Conference
July 17, 2024

Growing nuclear risks demand the recruitment of voices from diverse backgrounds to bring new ideas, skills, and perspectives. This one-day, interactive event for interns, students, and young professionals aims to provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and substantive nuclear policy discussions.

in the media
The Forgotten World War III Scare of 1980

Moscow and Washington trapped themselves in a cycle of fear over Iran.