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Alex Bollfrass Joins Stimson as Nonresident Fellow

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The Stimson Center announced today that Alex Bollfrass has been appointed as a Nonresident Fellow to the Managing Across Boundaries initiative.

“Alex doesn’t practice your fathers’ arms control,” said Stimson Vice President and Managing Across Boundaries initiative director Brian Finlay. “He’s on the leading edge of applying statistical models to advance understanding of nuclear risk in a rapidly changing global environment. Alex brings extraordinary talent and unique perspective to Stimson’s growing research team.”

Bollfrass is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs — his dissertation focuses on intelligence assessments of nuclear weapons programs. His other research projects include the effect of climate conditions on insurgent warfare and the history of intelligence services in domestic repression. In all of his research, Bollfrass draws on advanced computational techniques to analyze historical data and to communicate his findings.  

Bollfrass was previously a visiting scholar and research associate with the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Weapons and International Security program. He has co-edited two books on the technical and political obstacles to nuclear disarmament and is the co-author of two forthcoming scientific papers on the implications of climate change for human conflict. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post and CNN among others. Bollfrass holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and two Master’s degrees in public policy from Princeton University. 

“I’m thrilled to be returning home to the Center,” said Alex Bollfrass. “Nuclear risk is evolving, but so are the policy tools and methods available to understand and reduce it. Since its founding, Stimson has pioneered innovation in arms control and nonproliferation research and analysis. I look forward to joining forces with the Center’s energetic team in carrying that tradition forward.”

The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. Founded in 1989, Stimson is celebrating more than a quarter-century of building effective security solutions through pragmatic research and innovative analysis.

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