Center for Arms Control


Laicie Heeley

Policy Director
202-546-0795 ext. 2105
lheeley AT armscontrolcenter DOT org

Areas of Expertise: Nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear weapons, arms control, Iran, North Korea, defense budget, legislative process

Laicie Heeley is Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where her work focuses primarily on weapons proliferation, defense analysis, and Iran.

Heeley's work has appeared in well-known newspapers, journals, and periodicals including Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In 2011, Heeley co-authored a chapter in the book, Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament.

Additionally, Heeley has appeared on television and in print in such outlets as CNN, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and The Associated Press.

Prior to joining the Council, Heeley held positions at Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Counter Terrorist Finance Organization, and Global Green USA. Heeley holds a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University and an M.A in International Relations from St. Mary’s University.

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Laicie in the News

Jul 8, 2014

Foreign Policy Story on Iran Quotes Laicie Heeley

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has laid out an unusually detailed set of demands for what he would accept in a nuclear deal, further complicating the high-stakes efforts to reach an agreement before a July 20 deadline.

Jun 27, 2014

Foreign Policy Story on Iran Quotes Laicie Heeley

"Since the Obama administration will not likely place such demands on Iran in a potential Vienna deal, some say the paper sets up the White House for failure. "Such stringent parameters are likely to make achieving a mutually acceptable deal impossible," said Laicie Heeley of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Feb 14, 2014

Lobe Log Story on Negative Military Alternatives with Iran Quotes Center Staff

“Diplomacy is so much cheaper than using the military instrument,” said ambassador Peter Galbraith, who has been heavily involved in peace negotiations for more than two decades, on a call today hosted by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Jan 15, 2014

Voices of Russia Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal & Menendez-Kirk with Laicie Heeley

Director of Middle East and Defense Policy, Laicie Heeley joins Voices of Russia to discuss the first-step deal with Iran and Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill.

Recent Articles by Laicie

Nov 18, 2014

Bloomberg News Quotes Laicie Heeley on "11th Hour" Breakthroughs in Iran Talks

As we round into the final week of talks to come to a comprehensive deal between Iran and the P5+1, Policy Director Laicie Heeley predicts last minute breakthroughs in the days ahead.

Nov 14, 2014

International Business Times Quotes Laicie Heeley on Iran Talks

"It's not in either side's interest to have an extension last that long," said Policy Director Laicie Heeley to the International Business Times last week.

Nov 11, 2014

Laicie Heeley's Analysis of the Iran Talks on Voice of America

Watch Laicie Heeley give her analysis of the diplomatic nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 on Voice of America.

Jul 24, 2014

War on the Rocks Publishes Story on P5+1 Iran negotiations by Laicie Heeley & Gen. Robert Gard

“Negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran have agreed on four more months to ensure that they are able to negotiate the best deal on Iran’s nuclear program. But some of the toughest issues remain unresolved," write Laicie Heeley and Gen. Robert Gard.

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