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Council on Foreign Relations
foreign policy, nuclear weapons, political psychology, export controls, defense trade, conventional weapons, arms control negotiations, disarmament and non-proliferation, decision-making
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About Me

Amy J. Nelson is currently writing a book on modernizing arms control for the 21st century. She was formerly a policy analyst at the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and a research fellow at the Stimson Center and SIPRI North America. She is a graduate of Stanford University, Columbia University, and University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Publications

“Nuclear Arms Control for the 21st Century,” The National Interest, March 25, 2016.

“How to Build an Alliance,” coauthored with Ashlyn Anderson,, February 11, 2016.

“The Logic of North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions,”, January 12, 2016.

“The Truth About 3-D Printing and Nuclear Proliferation,” War on the Rocks, December 14, 2015.

“The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Actually Far From Over,” Washington Post, December 5, 2015.


Media Coverage

BBC Radio 5 Live: Saturday Breakfast – April 2, 2016

Apr 02, 2016

During the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, Amy J. Nelson talks with BBC Radio about the possibility of terrorists obtaining nuclear material and the importance of greater security mechanisms.

Nuclear Summit Brings World Leaders to DC

Mar 31, 2016

Amy J. Nelson speaks with Courthouse New Service about the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit.

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