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.
Kingston in the News
Apr 23, 2013
The Global Threat Reduction Initiative is a "core material security program to ensure that terrorists can't their hands on nuclear weapons-usable material," explains Kingston Reif, director of nonproliferation programs at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Apr 18, 2013
Director of Non-Proliferation Programs, Kingston Reif joins The Richard Fowler Show to discuss the President's proposed cuts to the non-proliferation budget
Apr 18, 2013
"While the administration has achieved a great deal over the past four years ... by NNSA's own admission there is more material to remove, reactors to convert and/or shut down, and buildings with radiological and nuclear material to protect," Kingston Reif, of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, said by e-mail on Thursday. "As recently as two years ago NNSA gave no indications that it was planning to significantly reduce the scope of its work. ... It's difficult to escape the conclusion that weapons programs are being prioritized over the nuclear and radiological material security and nonproliferation budget."
Feb 25, 2013
The administration has made clear its preference is for a legally binding, verifiable treaty negotiated with the Russians, noted Kingston Reif, nuclear nonproliferation director at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.
Recent Articles by Kingston
May 17, 2013
Kingston Reif & Miles Pomper discuss the need for Congress to act on anti-nuclear terrorism legislation
May 16, 2013
As the United States contemplates strategic, political, and economic reasons to pursue further reductions to its nuclear arsenal, perhaps in tandem with Russia, attention must be paid to the composition of each country’s strategic arsenal of submarine-based missiles, nuclear-armed bombers, and land-based missiles. This fact sheet considers the arguments traditionally made about the strengths and weaknesses of each leg of the nuclear triad.
Apr 18, 2013
A strategy of deterrence and containment should be seen as a serious and plausible means of dealing with a potential nuclear-armed Iran, writes Kingston Reif in his April column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Apr 17, 2013
Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Kingston Reif, discusses missile defense in debate hosted by Ralph Nader.