Brian Finlay

President and CEO

Brian Finlay is President and CEO of Stimson. Finlay oversees the strategic vision of the Center after more than a decade serving as Senior Associate, Managing Director, and Vice President at Stimson. During his tenure at the Center, Finlay established the Managing Across Boundaries initiative that links diverse threats —including the drug trade, conventional arms, weapons of mass destruction and human trafficking — to identify common solutions. He co-developed and led the Cooperative Nonproliferation Program, working with two administrations and dozens of private companies to address the post-Soviet Union weapons of mass destruction threat. He also led the Center’s work to connect non-state actors and private industry into sustainable global security efforts. Finlay’s 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 initiative focused on counterterrorism issues, a 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 Chairs the Board of Directors of iMMAP, an information management and data analystics organization focused on improving humanitarian relief and development coordination. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Black Market Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that works to raise awareness around illicit global trade. Finlay also sits on the Editorial Board of Global Security, a journal of health, science and policy published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

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

Managing Transnational Border Threats: Brazil as a Global Mentor (Konrad Adenauer Stifung, 2014)

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 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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