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Informing Nonproliferation with Intelligence: Three Problems

Henry Sokolski

Executive Director

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall

This talk will share the key findings of my center's two-year study on how well intelligence and policy makers collaborated in key proliferation cases (Israel, India, South Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa). It also will make serious a number of specific recommendations to improve future collaboration between intelligence and policy officials regarding nonproliferation efforts. 

About the Speaker: 

Henry Sokolski is the Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues among policy-makers, scholars and the media. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. 

He previously served in the Pentagon (1989-1993) as Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy and received a medal for outstanding public service from Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. He also worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, as a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and as a member of the Central Intelligence Agency's Senior Advisory Group. In the U.S. Senate, Mr. Sokolski served as a special assistant on nuclear energy matters to Senator Gordon Humphrey (R-NH), and as a legislative military aide to Senate Armed Service Committee member Dan Quayle (R-IN).

In 2008, Congress appointed him to serve a two-year term as a member of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.  Congress previously appointed him in 1999 to serve on the Deutch WMD Proliferation Commission.  Mr. Sokolski has authored and edited a number of works on proliferation, including Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future (2015); Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation (2001);  Nuclear Weapons Security Crises:  What Does History Teach? (2013), The Next Arms Race (2012), Nuclear Power's Global Expansion:  Weighing its Costs and Risks (2010); Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter (2009); Falling Behind: International Scrutiny of the Peaceful Atom (2008); Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran (2005); and Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction, Its Origins and Practice (2004).