Nathaniel F. Olson

Nate Olson leads industry outreach for Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative. His work with the private sector is focused on identifying steps to better align the market and regulatory environments with the public interest.

Olson managed Stimson's 'Partners in Prevention' task force project, an 18-month collaboration with high-tech manufacturers and service providers, transport and logistics firms, and insurance providers. The effort culminated in a May 2014 report in which the task force, chaired by retired Rear Admiral Jay Cohen (USN, Ret), 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. Building on the success of the task force effort and its growing network of industry partners, Stimson is now working to broaden the use of these public-private tools in the US and abroad.

Olson’s recent research and writing have assessed the rise of private regulatory systems for cross-border research and production, and the relationship between public and private forms of governance. His related areas of expertise include corporate governance, enterprise risk management, international trade policy, customs and trade facilitation, cybersecurity, and cross-functional teaming.

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

Select Publications

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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