Emerging Risks and Declining Norms in the Age of Technological Innovation and Changing Nuclear Doctrines


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Nina Tannenwald, James M. Acton, and Jane Vaynman
Meeting the Challenges of the New Nuclear Age

James M. Acton is Co-Director of the Nuclear Policy Program and holds the Jessica T. Mathews Chair at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His publications span the field of nuclear policy and include Wagging the Plutonium Dog: Japanese Domestic Politics and its International Security Implications, Silver Bullet?: Asking the Right Questions About Conventional Prompt Global Strike, Deterrence During Disarmament: Deep Nuclear Reductions and International Security, and Abolishing Nuclear Weapons (with George Perkovich). An expert on hypersonic conventional weapons, Acton has testified on this subject to the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and the congressionally chartered U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is a member of the Nuclear Security Working Group. He has published in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Survival, and The Washington Quarterly. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge.

Nina Tannenwald is Director of the International Relations Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and a Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department. Her research focuses on the role of international norms and institutions in global security issues, efforts to control weapons of mass destruction, and human rights and the laws of war. Her book, The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons Since 1945, won the Lepgold Prize for best book in international relations in 2009. She has been a visiting professor at Cornell University and Stanford University, a Carnegie Scholar, and a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Fellow in International Peace and Security. In 2012–2013 she served as a Franklin Fellow in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of State. Prior to coming to Brown, she held fellowships at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in international relations from Cornell University.

Jane Vaynman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Previously she was the Associate Director of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and Research Assistant Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She has been a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and also held positions with the U.S. Department of State and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her work focuses on security cooperation between adversarial states, the design of arms control agreements, and the nuclear nonproliferation regime. She co-founded the Nuclear Studies Research Initiative, a project that promotes intellectual exchange and cross-fertilization for emerging nuclear research in policy, history, and political science. She received a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and BA in international relations from Stanford University.