Laicie (Olson) 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, and includes a co-authored chapter in the book, Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament. She is a regular contributor to the Truman Project's Doctrine Blog, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Stimson Center's Will and The Wallet.
Prior to joining the Center, 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
Nov 25, 2013
Senior policy analyst, Laicie Heeley, joins Alice Ollstein of Feature Story News to discuss the new P5+1 deal with Iran.
Nov 8, 2013
The fight over new sanctions “is ongoing, and it’s probably going to get worse” for the administration, said Laicie Heeley of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Nov 8, 2013
“We want the verification. We want to be able to get in there and watch Iran’s nuclear program more closely,” Heeley said.
Oct 22, 2013
Laicie Heeley, director of Middle East and Defense Policy, joins Washington Post TV to discuss Iran.
Recent Articles by Laicie
Nov 7, 2013
"America’s national security establishment agrees that military force will not advance U.S. interests in the region. It would make things catastrophically worse. Advocates of military action posit that a “targeted” strike would send a message to Tehran. But retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and National Security Agency, disagreed that military force could achieve that goal, saying in 2012 that an attack on Iran “would guarantee that which we are trying to prevent -- an Iran that will spare nothing to build a nuclear weapon and that would build it in secret," writes Laicie Heeley for DefenseOne.
Aug 19, 2013
"Strong international sanctions, the strongest ever imposed on a country, have been successful in bringing Iran to the table. Now is the time to capitalize on the leverage gained from these sanctions and secure a deal.," writes Laicie Heeley for The Wall Street Journal.
Aug 2, 2013
"The election of new president Hassan Rowhani in Iran has presented a rare moment of modest optimism, both in Congress and in the administration, for a deal with Iran. But if the moment is not seized, it will be short-lived," writes Laicie Heeley for The National Interest.
Jul 31, 2013
"Washington and Tehran share a long history of mistrust that won’t disappear overnight. But for the moment, it appears that there may be a glimmer of hope."