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Robin Olsen

Robin Olsen

Contact:
Email: robin_olsen@ksg08.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Robin Olsen graduated from the Master in Public Policy program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and served as a Research Assistant with the Preventive Defense Project. Her coursework focused on crime, criminal justice, and international security.

Before coming to Harvard, Robin worked in the public and private sectors, including working in the State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and as a senior policy development advisor for the Governor of Illinois.

Robin graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2000, with a degree in Politics. In her free time, Robin enjoys being outdoors, usually choosing to spend her time running or hiking. .

 

 

By Date

 

2008

Spring 2008

"Can the United States Save the Nonproliferation Regime?"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Robin Olsen

The future of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its relevance to the security of the United States was the subject of a November debate in the JFK Jr. Forum between Ashton B. Carter, co-director of the Preventive Defense Project and Richard G. Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

 

 

Department of Defense

February 7, 2008

PDP Hosts Workshop on Defense Management Challenges in the Post-Bush Era

Press Release

By Robin Olsen and Jennifer C. Bulkeley, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2008-2009; Former Research Assistant, Preventive Defense Project, 2007-2009

On February 7, 2008, PDP Co-Directors Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry hosted one in a series of workshops entitled “Defense Management Challenges in the Post-Bush Era.” The off-the-record workshop, held in Washington, DC, focused on what management challenges the next administration will face in the next two to five years. The management issues include balancing strategy and resources in a tightening budget climate, leveraging America’s technology and industrial bases to sustain a competitive edge, resetting civil-military relations, and extending the concept of national security management to include non-military capabilities.

 

2007

Photo by Mike Casey

November 13, 2007

PDP Co-Director Ashton B. Carter Participates in Forum Event at Kennedy School with Ambassador Robert G. Joseph: “Can the U.S. Save the Non-Proliferation Regime?”

Press Release

By Robin Olsen

On Tuesday, November 13, 2007, Dr. Ashton B. Carter, Co-Director of the Preventive Defense Project, participated in a moderated question and answer with Ambassador Robert G. Joseph titled "Can the U.S. Save the Non-Proliferation Regime?"

 

 

June 20, 2007

PDP Hosts WMD Workshop on Heading Off a Nuclear Proliferation Cascade

Press Release

By Robin Olsen

On June 20, 2007, PDP Co-Directors Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry hosted a WMD-related workshop entitled "Heading Off a Nuclear Proliferation Cascade." The off-the-record workshop, held in Washington, DC, explored the likelihood of a nuclear cascade in the next decade and the consequences of this possibility. Participants discussed potential cascades in East Asia and the Middle East, and recommended country, regional and global strategies to address this proliferation challenge.

 

2006

June 27, 2006

Preventive Defense Project Co-hosts DPRK Energy Experts Working Group Meeting

Press Release

By Robin Olsen

San Francisco, CA – The Preventive Defense Project, in collaboration with the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and Korea Energy Economics Institute, hosted a Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) Energy Experts Working Group Meeting in San Francisco, CA, on June 26-27, 2006.

 

 

The Center for National Policy - www.cnponline.org

May 24, 2006

Preventive Defense Project’s Co-Director Dr. William Perry Gives Speech on Iran, North Korea, and the Challenges of Proliferation at the Center for National Policy

Press Release

By Robin Olsen

PDP Co-Director William J. Perry delivered a speech to the Center for National Policy on May 24, 2006, in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. Dr. Perry’s speech focused on Iran, North Korea, and the challenges of proliferation. Dr. Perry discussed the options available to the United States in order to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism stemming from the nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea.

 

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