Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Ask an Expert Interviews

Ask an Expert: Amb. Wendy Sherman and Richard Nephew on the Iran Deal Two Years Later

July 19, 2017

In this interview, Sherman and Nephew, two of the agreement’s lead negotiators reflect on the deal two years after its signing. They answer questions raised by critics of the deal and discuss scenarios if the deal didn’t exist or if the United States withdraws from the agreement. To read the interview, click here.

Ask an Expert: Mallory Stewart on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

May 12, 2017

In this interview, Stewart provides an overview of Syria’s chemical weapons program, the steps the United States government and our allies have taken to deter future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime, and recommendations to hold the Syrian government accountable for its violation of international law. To read the interview, click here.

Ask an Expert: Thomas Countryman on U.S.-Russia Relations

April 14, 2017

In this interview, Countryman provides an overview of U.S.-Russia strategic relations, suggestions to address Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, and reasons to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). He also contends that it is in the mutual interest of the United States and Russia to resume bilateral nuclear cooperation and strategic stability talks. To read the interview, click here.

Ask an Expert: Gordon Adams on Pentagon Spending

April 05, 2017

In this interview, Adams provides an overview of the Pentagon budget, tackles the issue of a so-called “readiness crisis”, lays out the problems associated with current Pentagon spending, and recommends methods to increase efficiencies in the Department of Defense. To read the interview, click here.

Ask an Expert: William J. Perry Nuclear Nonproliferation

February 23, 2017

In this interview, Mr. Perry shares his views on the United States nuclear arsenal, recommends cooperation with Russia on nuclear nonproliferation, offers an assessment of the North Korean nuclear threat, and discusses his plans and methods to educate millennials on the dangers of nuclear weapons. To read the interview, click here.

Ask an Expert: Des Browne on Nuclear Cyber Security

January 26, 2017

In this interview, Des Browne provides an overview of cyber threats to nuclear weapon command, control and communications systems in the United States and abroad, outlines the safeguards in place to address cyber vulnerabilities, and stresses the importance of organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in monitoring threats to nuclear materials and industry. To learn more about nuclear cyber security, and read Lord Browne’s interview, click here.

Ask an Expert: Dr. Jim Walsh on the North Korean Nuclear Threat

November 17, 2016

In this interview, Center contributor Dr. Jim Walsh analyzes the threat that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program poses to the U.S. and its allies, offers options for a U.S. response, and proposes recommendations to increase the effectiveness of U.S. engagement with South Korea, Japan, China and North Korea to eventually realize the goal of North Korean denuclearization. To know more about the North Korean nuclear threat and Dr. Walsh’s recommendations, click here.

Ask an Expert: Philip Coyle on National Missile Defense

September 16, 2016

In this interview, Center Science Fellow Philip Coyle discusses the history of the National Missile Defense program, its current level of effectiveness, and the merits of various congressional proposals to adjust the scope and scale of the program. As the Pentagon’s former director of operational test and evaluation, Mr. Coyle is seen as one of the world’s premier experts on the topic. To learn more about national missile defense and to read Mr. Coyle’s insights about the program, click here.

Ask an Expert: Senator Richard Lugar on Cooperative Threat Reduction

August 17, 2016

In this interview, former Senator Richard Lugar explains the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, its establishment, how it has affected U.S.-Russia relations, and nuclear security. Along with Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) authored the legislation that established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program in 1991. Senator Richard Lugar represented the state of Indiana from 1977-2013. To read Senator Lugar’s views on the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program and its impact, click here.

Ask an Expert: Robert Einhorn on the 1-Year Anniversary of the Iran Nuclear Deal

July 15, 2016

In this interview, nuclear policy expert Robert Einhorn shares his thoughts on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)’s implementation one year after it was struck, and checks and balances in place to ensure continuity of the deal. Mr. Einhorn was a former U.S. Department of State special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control, and a member of the U.S. delegation to the Iran nuclear negotiations. To read about the implementation and the future of the Iran deal and Mr. Einhorn’s thoughts on it, click here.