Nathaniel F. Olson

Nate Olson directs industry initiatives at Stimson. Working with a wide range of US and foreign companies, trade associations, and government agencies, he leads a diverse set of research and outreach efforts promoting enhanced security in an era of global trade and investment networks. Recent areas of focus include international regulatory cooperation, global value chains, complex ownership structures, cross-border trade in services, and various due diligence and compliance frameworks.

Olson also managed Stimson's recent 'Partners in Prevention' task force project, an 18-month collaboration with high-tech manufacturers and service providers, transport and logistics firms, and insurance providers. He previously served as director of government relations for the Project on National Security Reform. The effort culminated in a May 2014 report in which the task force endorsed seven proposals to close security gaps in global trade by better leveraging market incentives. Topics addressed by the proposals included: ways to improve companies' export compliance programs; frameworks for sharing operational experiences to enhance corporate risk management and government security countermeasures; and the potential of a public-private 'playbook' for resilient trade flows.

Olson previously served as director of government relations for the Project on National Security Reform.

Select Publications

Iran Nuclear Deal: Why the Private Sector Will Decide Whether it Survives (Reuters, July 15, 2015)

Trade and Security: A Potent Force in 2015 (Stimson Center, February 19, 2015)

Making Public-Private Security Cooperation More Efficient, Effective And Sustainable (Stimson Center, December 2014)

Combating Terrorism, Illicit Trafficking Needs More Agile, Non-Regulatory Tools (Ideas Lab, May 29, 2014)

Does ‘Market Power’ Trump ‘Superpower'? (Ideas Lab, October 31, 2013)

Enhancing Global Security Requires Public-Private Coordination on Supply Chains (World Politics Review, October 13, 2013)

Market Power: Adapting Public and Private Roles for Transnational Commerce and Transnational Threats (Stimson Center, September 2013)

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