Center for Arms Control


Laicie Heeley

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.

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Laicie in the News

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.

Dec 8, 2013

America Weekend Discusses Rep. Hunter's Comment on Nuking Iran with Laicie Heeley

Director of Middle East and Defense Policy, Laicie Heeley, joins America Weekend to discuss Rep. Hunter's (CA-50) comments on nuking Iran.

Recent Articles by Laicie

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.

Apr 24, 2014

U.S. Defense Spending vs. Global Defense Spending

In 2013, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the U.S. approved $600.4 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2014 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, Department of Energy-administered nuclear weapons activities, and the war in Afghanistan.

Mar 27, 2014

Analysis of Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

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

TruthOut Publishes OpEd on Iran Negotiations by Laicie Heeley

"...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.

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