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Martin B. Malin

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Martin B. Malin

Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom

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Telephone: 617-496-0432
Fax: 617-496-0606
Email: martin_malin@harvard.edu

 

Experience

Martin B. Malin is the Executive Director of the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center.  His research focuses on arms control and nonproliferation in the Middle East, U.S. nonproliferation and counter-proliferation strategies, and the security consequences of the growth and spread of nuclear energy.  His current work includes an examination of Israeli leaders’ depiction of the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, and an analysis of the regional conditions conducive to the creation of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East.  He recently wrote “The Effectiveness and Legitimacy of Using Force to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation” and contributed to the report “Limiting Transfers of Enrichment and Reprocessing Technology: Issues, Constraints, Options.”  He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Innovations.

Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Malin taught courses on international relations, American foreign policy, and Middle East politics at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Rutgers University. He also served as Director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He co-edited (with John Steinbruner and Carl Kaysen) the American Academy Studies in Global Security book series (MIT Press).  He holds a B.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Masters of International of Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (where he served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Affairs), and has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

March 18, 2014

Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting New Goals

Report

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom, Nickolas Roth, Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In the lead-up to the nuclear security summit in The Hague, Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting New Goals outlines what was accomplished in a four-year effort launched in 2009 to secure nuclear material around the globeand what remains to be done.

 

2013

November 1, 2013

"A WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East: Regional Perspectives"

Discussion Paper

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom and Paolo Foradori, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

How significant is the proposal for a WMD-free zone in the Middle East, given the violence and turmoil rocking the region? The short essays in this discussion paper, by experts from across the region, provide a snap shot of the diversity of views on the issue. As a collection, the essays demonstrate the scale and complexity of the challenges associated with establishing a WMD-free zone in the region. The gaps between the positions of key parties are clearly evident; but the reader will also find unexpected commonalities.

 

 

October 2, 2013

"Steps to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism"

Paper

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Kuznetsov Valentin, Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom, Yuri Morozov, Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Viktor I. Yesin and Pavel S. Zolotarev

The 2011 “U.S. - Russia Joint Threat Assessment” offered both specific conclusions about the nature of the threat and general observations about how it might be addressed. This report builds on that foundation and analyzes the existing framework for action, cites gaps and deficiencies, and makes specific recommendations for improvement.

 

 

August 7, 2013

"The Time is Now"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom

Ayman Khalil asked whether the effort to create a WMD-free zone in the Middle East is dead. Martin's answer is this: The effort will continue, but the opportunity presented by the 2010 Review Conference for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) may be slipping out of reach.

 

 

July 8, 2013

"Fundamental Reassessments Required"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom

Initiating a process for discussing WMD remains feasible. But more than dates and modalities for a meeting in Helsinki are needed—fundamental reassessments are required as well. First, all parties must recognize that progress toward a WMD-free zone will require policy changes in areas only indirectly related to nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and their delivery systems. Second, Israel must begin to grapple in its national security strategy with certain long-term regional trends. Finally, the Arab League, Iran, and the sponsors of the WMD-free-zone process—if they truly wish to prioritize banning weapons of mass destruction—should support the establishment of a regionally-based security forum, with independent convening authority, to carry out direct multilateral discussions on regional security and disarmament.

 

 

Summer 2013

"The Sum of all Fears: Israel’s Perception of a Nuclear-Armed Iran"

Journal Article, Washington Quarterly, issue 36, volume 3

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom and Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

President Rouhani's initiative to restart nuclear negotiations has been met with deep skepticism in Israel. Haifa University political scientist Ehud Eiran and MTA Executive Director Martin Malin suggest in the current issue of The Washington Quarterly that Israel's framing of, and response to, the Iranian nuclear program is a product of four distinct fears: existential threat, strategic risk, socio-economic erosion, and a challenge to founding principles. Understanding the sources and consequences of these fears can help policy makers avoid dangerous pitfalls and missed opportunities in their response to the current Iranian initiative.

 

 

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June 21, 2013

"Getting Back on Track"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom

Prospects for success in establishing a WMD-free zone remain uncertain, but the stakes are too high to allow the effort to fail. Creativity, courage, flexibility, and goodwill—all of which are abundant among the people of the Middle East—are especially needed now for policy making on this issue.

 

2012

December 2012

"A WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East: Creating the Conditions for Sustained Progress"

Discussion Paper

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom and Paolo Foradori, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program


How can the states of the Middle East begin to create the political conditions for achieving sustained progress toward the elimination of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons? This paper examines the challenges and obstacles that the parties of the region will need to overcome to bring a WMD-free zone into force, and recommends near-term steps for improving regional security.

 

 

2012

"The Effectiveness and Legitimacy of Using Force to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation"

Book Chapter

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom

This chapter examines instances in which states have used military force for the purpose of preventing or delaying an adversary’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.   What can be learned from past cases?  What are the barriers to effective military prevention?  Under what conditions has the use of force been successful in proliferation cases?  How is the policy perceived by neutral governments and what is the relationship between the perceived legitimacy of military action and its political effectiveness?  The chapter reviews all cases in which force was used to attempt to destroy an adversary’s nuclear facilities.

 

 

Press TV

May 28, 2012

"Prospects for a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom

As negotiations with Iran over the future of its nuclear program inch toward a possible deal, another intractable Middle East problem with a nuclear dimension is likely to start getting more serious attention. It is the question of whether there is any chance that Israel, Iran, and their Arab neighbors will agree to discuss establishing a regional zone free of all nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and their delivery systems. After decades of backsliding, proliferation, and conflict in the Middle East, the conventional wisdom says the current round of efforts will fail. I think the conventional wisdom is wrong.

 

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