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William H. Tobey

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William H. Tobey

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Contact:
Telephone: 617-496-0518
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: william_tobey@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

William Tobey was most recently Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration. There, he managed the U.S. government's largest program to prevent nuclear proliferation and terrorism by detecting, securing, and disposing of dangerous nuclear material. Mr. Tobey also served on the National Security Council Staff in three administrations, in defense policy, arms control, and counter-proliferation positions. He has participated in international negotiations ranging from the START talks with the Soviet Union, to the Six Party Talks with North Korea. He also has extensive experience in investment banking and venture capital.

 

 

By Date

 

2015

AP

April 7, 2015

"The experts on the Iranian framework agreement"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Six world powers—the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, or the P5+1—and Iran announced a framework agreement Thursday on limitations to the Iranian nuclear program. In the wake of the announcement, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists asked numerous experts on the situation to offer their assessments of the framework agreement.

 

 

AP

April 6, 2015

"An Incomplete Framework"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Last Thursday, the Obama administration announced a framework nuclear agreement with Iran that is both more detailed and restrictive than what had been foreshadowed by leaks or feared by critics. If such an accord were implemented, it would earn Secretary of State John Kerry and his team substantial credit. But is this agreement strong enough to block Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons? Or is it illusory? The answer may be that we do not yet know.

 

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 24, 2015

"Iran’s Noncompliance with its International Atomic Energy Agency Obligations"

Testimony

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is vital to U.S. national security interests. A key aspect of that matter is Iran’s compliance with its Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and with other related agreements. It is a broad subject, but I understand the Committee has specific interests, so I will confine my statement to those topics.

 

 

AY-COLLECTION/SIPA/AP

February 24, 2015

"I Don’t Think That Nuclear Deal Means What You Think It Means"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In Washington, 10 years is a long time — more than two presidential terms. In the antique land of Persia, however, it is the blink of an eye. Those negotiating a nuclear deal with Tehran need to equal the patience of their Iranian counterparts.

 

 

AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool

January 9, 2015

"Avoiding Failure in the Iran Nuclear Talks"

Op-Ed, National Review Online

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and The Honorable Robert G. Joseph

The U.S. negotiating strategy in nuclear talks with Iran is failing. To date, these negotiations have focused almost solely on topics that Iran wants to talk about — how many thousands of uranium-enrichment centrifuges Tehran will continue to operate, and how soon sanctions will be lifted. This all but guarantees an outcome that will fail to block the Islamic Republic from acquiring nuclear weapons at a time of its choosing.

 

2014

AP

December 15, 2014

"Is Iran Already Cheating on a Nuclear Deal?"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

There are strong signs that nuclear weapons work continues. Understanding them is crucial to verifying and enforcing a new agreement. If we do not insist on answers before a comprehensive agreement is concluded, we will never get them.

 

 

AP

December 8, 2014

"A message from Tripoli, Part 5: How Libya gave up its WMD"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This is the final installment of a five-part series exploring the painstaking diplomacy and intelligence efforts that led Libya and its quixotic leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, to relinquish that country's weapons of mass destruction.

 

 

AP

December 7, 2014

"A message from Tripoli, Part 4: How Libya gave up its WMD"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This is the fourth installment of a five-part series exploring the painstaking diplomacy and intelligence efforts that led Libya and its quixotic leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, to relinquish that country's weapons of mass destruction.

 

 

Getty Images

December 5, 2014

"A message from Tripoli, Part 3: How Libya gave up its WMD"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This is the third installment of a five-part series exploring the painstaking diplomacy and intelligence efforts that led Libya and its quixotic leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, to relinquish that country's weapons of mass destruction.

 

 

AP

December 3, 2014

"A message from Tripoli, Part 2: How Libya gave up its WMD"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This is the second installment of a five-part series exploring the painstaking diplomacy and intelligence efforts that led Libya and its quixotic leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, to relinquish that country's weapons of mass destruction.

 

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