Belfer Center researchers include Harvard faculty members, project directors and other expert staff, senior fellows and fellows. They contribute frequently to outside publications, advise government officials, participate in special commissions, brief journalists and policymakers, and share research results with specialists and the public.
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Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Member, The US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Brigadier General (ret.) Kevin Ryan is Director of the Defense and Intelligence Project and a member of the Center's US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism. A career military officer, he has extensive service in air and missile defense, intelligence, US-Russian military relations and political-military policy.
Research Fellow, International Security Program
Derek Salmi is an active duty Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. A career mobility pilot, his research interests include grand strategy, WMD counterproliferation, and military logistics.
Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Gary Samore is the Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center. Prior to this, he served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism, including as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 and 2012 Nuclear Security Summits.
Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Jayita Sarkar is completing a book manuscript on Franco-Indian nuclear relations and U.S. nonproliferation efforts and concurrently working on her second book on nuclear commerce and U.S. nonproliferation policy towards allied and semi-allied supplier states of sensitive nuclear assistance.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program
Behnam Taebi an assistant professor of philosophy of technology at the Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the ethics and governance of multinational nuclear waste repositories.
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Prior to his appointment as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center, William Tobey was Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
Alex Wellerstein received Ph.D. from the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, in October 2010. His work focuses on the history of nuclear secrecy in the United States from the Manhattan Project through the War on Terror ("Knowledge and the Bomb: Nuclear Secrecy in the United States, 1939–2008").
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Rachel Whitlark holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University. Her book manuscript investigates the role of leader beliefs in the decision to use preventive military force as a counter-proliferation strategy against adversarial nuclear weapons programs.
Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
Hui Zhang is a Senior Research Associate in the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center. His research includes verification techniques of nuclear arms control, the control of fissile material, nuclear terrorism, China’s nuclear policy, nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation, policy of nuclear fuel cycle and reprocessing.
Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Member of the Board
Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Graham Allison has for three decades been a leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy with a special interest in terrorism.