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Brookings established the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative (ACNPI) in 2009, and it has quickly become recognized as one of the premier centers for research and policy recommendations on nuclear arms control issues. ACNPI to date has focused on the legacy of the Cold War–U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reductions, NATO nuclear posture and arms control measures regarding non-strategic nuclear weapons, and missile defense–as well as current issues of nuclear deterrence and key proliferation challenges such as Iran and North Korea. The initiative is directed by Senior Fellow Steven Pifer, who had considerable experience working on nuclear arms control during his 25 years as a career Foreign Service officer, including as Senior Director for Russia in the National Security Council. He is joined by Senior Fellow Robert Einhorn, who served as assistant secretary for nonproliferation during the Clinton administration and as the secretary of state’s special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control during the Obama administration.
Brookings expects that a Scoville Fellow would select, in consultation with ACNPI, a topic in the nonproliferation or arms control field (with a preference for the former) for his/her primary area of research and produce an in-depth manuscript examining that issue, including policy recommendations for the U.S. or other governments. In addition, the fellow would be expected to contribute shorter analytical, policy or opinion pieces for newspapers, blogs, or other outlets. The fellow would also be expected to participate fully in ACNPI’s roundtables and public meetings and perhaps organize some on his/her own.
The fellow would have the opportunity to take part in other Brookings Foreign Policy Program events as well as in related events, such as Congressional hearings and research or policy talks at other Washington think tanks. To further his/her own work, he/she could expect to draw on Brookings’s wide range of contacts within the State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and National Security Council.