Nuclear policy

Scholarly Publications

Office of the Director of National Intelligence: From Pariah and Piñata to Managing Partner

June 2017

This is a chapter in the second edition of The National Security Enterprise, a book edited by Roger Z.

A MOOC With Meaning

May 2017

Under the sponsorship of Stanford University, we designed a massive open online course (MOOC) to raise public consciousness about the past, present, and future dangers of nuclear weapons.

When Science Brought Americans and Russians Together

April 2017

Siegfried Hecker describes the scientific collaboration that took place between Russian and American nuclear weapons laboratories following the end of the Cold War.

Other Publications

US-Russia rift threatens science ties that keep us safe

December 2016

Siegfried Hecker describes Russia's systematic termination of nuclear cooperation with the United States and the harmful consequences that this could have for both countries.

Policy: Reassess New Mexico's nuclear-waste repository

January 2016

For the past 15 years, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has stored transuranic waste from the US nuclear-defense programme.

Nuclear Vulnerability

April 2015

This is a letter response to an article by Eric Schlosser on a break-in at the Y-12 nuclear facility.


The Friendship of Sidney Drell and Andrei Sakharov

March 2018

I want to thank the organizers for inviting me to speak at this conference.

Six questions for U.S. presidential candidates on nuclear policy

September 2016

With nuclear policy an increasingly serious issue in the world today, a Stanford scholar suggests in a newly published paper that the U.S.


"Our theoreticians were armed with McNamara's arguments." Reflections on Soviet military strategy in the 1960s and 1970s.

March 3, 2018

Abstract: The quotation in the title is taken from the memoirs of Boris Chertok, a leading Soviet missile designer.  In my talk I will examine significant shifts in Soviet thinking about nuclear...

A 21st century Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

February 5, 2018

Abstract: Founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who “could not remain aloof to the consequences of their work,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists aimed to chronicle the dawn of the...

Reset of U.S. nuclear waste management strategy and policy

January 22, 2018

This talk is co-sponsored by the Precourt Institute for Energy and will take place in the Engineering Quad (see address above) from 4:30 - 5:20 PMAbstract: The U.S.


Lab-to-Lab Cooperation

Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker was the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory when the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991.


America’s Nuclear Waste – No Solution in Sight

January 2016

America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal. An international cast of experts explains how the U.S.


Yogesh Joshi Yogesh Joshi Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow
Anna Weichselbraun Anna M. Weichselbraun Postdoctoral Fellow
Sannia Abdullah Sannia Abdullah Postdoctoral Fellow
Kristin Ven Bruusgaard Kristin Ven Bruusgaard Predoctoral Fellow
Gabriela Levikow Gabriela Levikow CISAC Honors Student
Brad Roberts Brad Roberts Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate
Matthew Fuhrmann Matthew Fuhrmann Affiliate
Mark Gorenflo Mark Gorenflo Affiliate
Jamil Jaffer Jamil N. Jaffer Affiliate
Lynn Eden Lynn Eden Affiliate
Mim John Miriam "Mim" John Affiliate