Philip Taubman

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Philip Taubman

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Biography

Philip Taubman is a consulting professor at CISAC, where he is working on the first comprehensive biography of George Shultz, the former Secretary of State to President Reagan.  Before joining CISAC in the fall of 2008, Mr. Taubman worked at the New York Times as a reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, specializing in national security issues, including intelligence and defense policies and operations. At the Times, Taubman served as a Washington correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, deputy editorial page editor, Washington bureau chief and associate editor.

Taubman also serves as Secretary of the Stanford Board of Trustees and Stanford Associate Vice President for University Affairs where he works on special projects for Stanford's president, John Hennessy.

Taubman was a history major at Stanford, Class of 1970, and served as editor-in-chief of theStanford Daily in 1969. Before joining the New York Times, he worked as a correspondent forTime magazine and was sports editor of Esquire. He was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees, 1978-1982. He is author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb (Harper Collins, 2012) and Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage. (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Taubman is married to Felicity Barringer, the national environmental correspondent of the New York Times and a fellow Stanford graduate, Class of 1971.

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Commentary

Learning not to love the bomb

In a New York Times op-ed, CISAC's Philip Taubman highlights the Obama administration's apparent willingness to resuscitate relations with Russia, including by renewing nuclear arms-reduction talks. But for such goals to be realized, Taubman argues, the White House needs to be prepared to reshape the nuclear era, break free from cold war thinking and better address the threats America faces today.