Brian Finlay

Managing Director | Senior Associate
  • Managing Across Boundaries

Brian Finlay is the managing director at Stimson, and also directs the Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiative. That effort looks for innovative government responses - at the international, national and regional levels - and for smart public-private partnerships to mitigate transnational security threats and ameliorate development challenges. His areas of expertise include nonproliferation, transnational crime, counter-trafficking, supply chain security and private sector engagement. Finlay is also an Adjunct Instructor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington.

Prior to joining Stimson, Finlay served four years as executive director of a Washington-based lobbying and media campaign focused on counterterrorism issues, a senior researcher at the Brookings Institution, and a program officer at the Century Foundation. He was a project manager for the Laboratory Center for Disease Control/Health Canada, and worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He sits on the advisory board of Trojan Defense, LLC, and is a member of the board of directors of iMMAP, a pioneering organization leading the way forward in the effective use of information management practices in the service of humanitarian relief and development. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Black Market Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that works to raise awareness around illicit global trade.

Finlay has authored and co-authored numerous books, monographs and reports, and is widely published in academic and policy journals and magazines. He is frequently asked to provide expert analysis and commentary on transnational and development challenges to media outlets around the world.

Finlay holds an M.A. from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, a graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University and an honors B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.

Selected Publications

Southern Flows: WMD Nonproliferation in the Developing World (Stimson/Stanley Foundation, March 2014)

Market Power (Stimson, September 2013)

Blocking Syria's chemical network (Reuters, September 2013)

Private Sector Can Reduce Weapons Proliferation (International Business Times, June 2013)

Partners in Prevention: Public/Private Partnerships for Global Supply Chain Security (National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, May 2013)

Bridging the Security/Development Divide: The Case of Chemical Security (Non-Proliferation Monthly, April 2013)

Nonproliferation in a Time of Austerity (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, March 2013)

Courting the Global South with "Dual Benefit" Nonproliferation Engagement (The Nonproliferation Review, March 2013)

Meeting the Objectives of UN Security Council Resolution 1540:The Role of Civil Society (Stimson, December 2012)

Building International Climate Cooperation: Lessons from the Weapons and Trade Regimes for Achieving International Climate Goals  (World Resources Institute, May 2012)

To Counter Nuclear Smuggling, Target All Smuggling  (World Politics Review, May 1, 2012)

Closing the market of the 'Merchant of Death' (The Hill, April 16, 2012)

Managing Across Boundaries  (Evolving Transnational Threats and Border Security, March 3, 2012)

Reducing both the debt and drug use (The Hill, February 23, 2012)

Nuclear Security, a “Whole of Society” Approach  (The Stanley Foundation, January 12, 2012)

Beyond the silver bullet, Global contraband market requires transnational enforcement strategy (Washington Times, October 18, 2011)

Bridging the Security-Development Divide in Southeast Asia (World Politics Review, October 14, 2011)  

Proliferation Prevention: Bridging the Security/Development Divide in the Global South  (Global Studies Review, October 12, 2011)

Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Part III (World Politics Review, March 16, 2011)

Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Part II (World Politics Review, March 15, 2011)

Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Part I (World Politics Review, March 14, 2011)

Save Money, Live Better: Doing More with Fewer Nonproliferation Dollars (The Hill, March 3, 2011)

How to prevent the next Viktor Bout (The Guardian, November 17, 2010)

Beyond Boundaries in the Middle East: Leveraging Nonproliferation Assistance to Address Security/Development Needs With Resolution 1540 (Stimson, 2010)

Proliferation, Drugs and Criminal Gangs in Central America (Stimson, 2010).

“The Bioterror Pipeline: Big Pharma, Patent Expirations, and New Challenges to Global Security” (Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 2010).

The Next 100 Project: Leveraging National Security Assistance to Meet Developing World Needs (The Stanley Foundation, 2009).

“Minding Our Business: The Role of the Private Sector in Managing the WMD Supply Chain” (WMD Insights, 2009).

“Nuclear Terrorism: US Policies to Reduce The Threat of Nuclear Terror” (Partnership for a Secure America, 2008).

Manufacturing Possibility: Expanding Resources to Meet Global Challenges, Promote Economic Development, Support Innovation, and Prevent Proliferation (Stimson, 2008).

Old Plagues, New Threats: The Biotech Revolution and its Impact on National Security (Stimson, 2008).

Cooperative Nonproliferation: Getting Further, Faster (Stimson, 2007).

"25 Steps to Preventing Nuclear Terror: A Guide to Policymakers" (Stimson, 2007)

"Russian Roulette: Canada's Role in the Race to Secure Loose Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons," (International Journal, Volume 61 No. 2, Spring 2006)

"Venture Capitalist.gov: Courting the Ultimate Angel Investor" (American Venture Magazine, 2006)

The Race to Secure Russia's Loose Nukes: Progress Since 9/11 (Stimson and The Center for American Progress, 2005)

Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (The Century Foundation Press, 2003) - co-editor

"The Proliferation of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons" (Chapter in A Grave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century, 2003)

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