Center for Arms Control

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Kingston Reif

Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
202-546-0795 ext. 2103
kreif AT armscontrolcenter DOT org

Areas of Expertise: Nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear weapons, arms control, missile defense, defense budget, nuclear security, nuclear terrorism prevention, legislative process

Kingston Reif is the Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where his work focuses on nuclear weapons, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, preventing nuclear terrorism, missile defense, and the defense budget. He is an expert on the legislative process and closely monitors Congressional action on nuclear weapons policy, budgets, and related issues.

Reif originally came to the Center in 2008 as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. From September 2008 until May 2009 he served as Dr. Morton Halperin’s research assistant on the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission. Reif returned to the Center in May 2009 as the Deputy Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation.

Reif writes a monthly column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and edits the Nukes of Hazard blog. In addition, he has published articles and op-eds in Survival, Defense News, the Hill, the World Politics Review, and AOL Defense. A regular commentator in the media, he has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Defense News, Global Security Newswire, FoxNews.com, US News and World Report, and has been interviewed on radio and TV, including on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program.

Reif holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. He spent two years in the U.K. as a British Marshall Scholar where he received a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews.

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Kingston in the News

Sep 16, 2014

US News Cites Kingston Reif on the Islamic State's Potential Use of Chemical Weapons

Kingston Reif weighs in on U.S. concerns that secret stockpiles of chemical weapons remain within Bashar Assad’s arsenal despite, international efforts to destroy them, and that they may have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State.

Sep 6, 2014

The Economist Story on Missile Defense Quotes Kingston Reif and Phil Coyle

Senior science fellow Phill Coyle tells The Economist that as of June, the FTG-06b has failed all five intercept tests conducted since 2008, even though each was meticulously “scripted for success.”

Sep 1, 2014

The Arms Control Association quotes Kingston Reif in an article about the State Department conferences known as 'Generation Prague'

Reif explains that he was motivated to participate in a 2011 panel because nuclear threat reduction is the responsibility not only of previous generations, “but our generation and future generations as well.”

Aug 26, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Publishes Letter to the Editor on Russian Arms Control Cheating by Kingston Reif

"There are serious compliance concerns associated with Russia's past and present implementation of some arms-control treaties," writes Kingston Reif "But that's not a reason to throw the arms-control baby out with the bath water."

Recent Articles by Kingston

Sep 5, 2014

Real Clear Defense Publishes Article on U.S. Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe by Kingston Reif

"To the extent nuclear weapons are a topic of discussion at the summit, the emphasis should be on moving towards a strategy that better reflects the current threat, political, and financial environments," writes Kingston Reif.

Sep 1, 2014

The Arms Control Association quotes Kingston Reif in an article about the State Department conferences known as 'Generation Prague'

Reif explains that he was motivated to participate in a 2011 panel because nuclear threat reduction is the responsibility not only of previous generations, “but our generation and future generations as well.”

Aug 26, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Publishes Letter to the Editor on Russian Arms Control Cheating by Kingston Reif

"There are serious compliance concerns associated with Russia's past and present implementation of some arms-control treaties," writes Kingston Reif "But that's not a reason to throw the arms-control baby out with the bath water."

Aug 21, 2014

The Air Force can’t hide from the cost of nuclear weapons

Rebuilding the Air Force’s current suite of nuclear forces won’t come cheaply, writes Kingston Reif.

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