George Bunn

George Bunn

Consulting Professor at CISAC and FSI (retired)

not in residence

Research Interests

nuclear non-proliferation treaties and standards; physical protection of fissile materials


George Bunn was the first general counsel for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA: 1961-1969), helped negotiate the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and later became U.S. ambassador to the Geneva Disarmament Conference. He has taught at the U.S. Naval War College and the University of Wisconsin Law School, and served as dean of that law school. In his almost twenty years as a Washington lawyer, he worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and a major Washington law firm, as well as for ACDA. For the last twenty years, he has been at CISAC. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Laws from Columbia University.

Among Bunn's research on the nuclear non-proliferation regime based upon the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a book, Arms Control by Committee: Managing Negotiations with the Russians (Stanford University Press, 1992), a negotiator's history of the negotiation of important provisions of the NPT, as well as commentary on other negotiations. He has written many articles relating to the NPT and its regime.

In addition he has written extensively on other aspects of nuclear proliferation and arms control, such as the theory and practice of achieving arms control including non-treaty methods, and the physical protection of nuclear material from theft and sabotage. Recently his articles have appeared in Arms Control Today, The Nonproliferation Review, Science and Global Security, IAEA Bulletin, and Disarmament Diplomacy.

In 2006, he completed (as an author and coeditor) U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy and Nonproliferation: Confronting Today's Threats. The book address the role nuclear weapons should play in today's world, and how the United States can promote international security while safeguarding its own interests.