Nickolas Roth Joins Stimson as New Director of the Nuclear Security Program

Washington, DC — The Stimson Center has appointed Nickolas Roth as new Director of its Nuclear Security program and Senior Fellow.

Under Roth’s direction, the program will focus on interdisciplinary research to strengthen nuclear security implementation and inclusive stakeholder engagement to bolster international nuclear security leadership. Building upon Stimson’s existing work on nuclear security governance, the program will foster ideas to help nuclear operators incentivize strong and sustainable nuclear security, adapt to emerging technologies, and boost security culture.  

“Efforts to reduce the danger of nuclear terrorism are at a critical crossroads. Key policy issues remain unresolved and more research is needed to answer fundamental questions about how to strengthen nuclear security. I’m excited to be part of Stimson’s effort to ensure strong and sustainable security at nuclear facilities around the world,” said Nickolas Roth.

“Nick brings a wealth of knowledge and a depth of experience to Stimson as we work to tackle nuclear nonproliferation issues,” said Rachel Stohl, Vice President. “Nuclear security threats and challenges are evolving rapidly, and Nick’s expertise will allow us to expand the program’s work with new perspectives and innovative solutions.”

“Stimson has built a well-earned reputation in nuclear policy over three decades,” said Brian Finlay, President and CEO. “Our teams are testing new technology, building tools and prototypes, bringing in new voices, and generating innovative ideas. In short, Stimson is tackling a whole new generation of nuclear security challenges. We are excited to have Nick on board to continue that legacy of leadership.”

Prior to joining Stimson, Roth served as a Senior Research Associate for the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research focused on nuclear security, U.S. nuclear weapons policy, arms control, and the nuclear policy-making process. Before that, he was an analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and Program Director for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, where he helped draft legislation to improve accountability and project management for the Department of Energy.

The Stimson Center promotes international security, shared prosperity, and justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement, and policy innovation. More at


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