Director of Middle East and Defense Policy
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 Director of Middle East and Defense Policy 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.
Laicie in the News
Feb 14, 2014
“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
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.
Dec 8, 2013
Director of Middle East and Defense Policy, Laicie Heeley, joins America Weekend to discuss Rep. Hunter's (CA-50) comments on nuking Iran.
Nov 25, 2013
Senior policy analyst, Laicie Heeley, joins Alice Ollstein of Feature Story News to discuss the new P5+1 deal with Iran.
Recent Articles by Laicie
Mar 27, 2014
The Obama administration has requested a base defense budget of $495.6 billion for fiscal year 2015. This is approximately equal to the FY14 base budget approved by Congress. It does not, however, include money for the war in Afghanistan or nuclear weapons programs housed at the Department of Energy.
Feb 20, 2014
"...we can guarantee that as long as the diplomatic process is allowed to continue, Iran's nuclear program will not be allowed to progress, bringing us one step closer to eliminating the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon," writes Laicie Heeley for TruthOut.
Jan 15, 2014
A summary of final FY 2014 appropriations for national security spending, nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and missile defense.
Dec 19, 2013
An assessment of the status of Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.