Amy J. Nelson

Former Visiting Fellow

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Amy J. Nelson is a visiting research fellow at Stimson and
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America (SIPRI). She is
also a visiting research associate with the Conflict Management Program at the
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study.

In 2011, Nelson worked as a member of the U.S. arms control
delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on issues
pertaining to the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, while conducting
dissertation research. Her work examines the effect of uncertainty on the
negotiation of arms control agreements concerning nuclear, conventional and
non-conventional threats. She has built the largest public dataset of arms
control negotiations and agreements to date in order to empirically evaluate
what makes arms control negotiations and agreements successful.

Nelson’s research during the 2012-2013 academic year was
supported by an Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Nuclear
Security Dissertation Fellowship, funded by the Department of Energy’s Nuclear
Security Administration. She has received prior fellowships and grants from
IGCC, the Marshall Foundation and the Institute of International Studies at
Berkeley.

She is currently partnering with Chantal de Jonge Oudraat of
SIPRI on the “Future of Arms Control” project to evaluate the best
use of arms control as well as best practices for its negotiation in a
modernized security landscape.

Nelson holds an Ph.D in political science from the
University of California, Berkeley; an M.A. in French studies (intellectual
history) from Columbia University, and an A.B. in philosophy with Honors from
Stanford University.

 

Recent articles and publications:

“US And Russia At Odds On European Treaty,” International Business Times, Aug. 8, 2013

“What are the Arms Control Implications of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Deal?” International Business Times, Oct. 7, 2013

 

 

 

Research & Writing

Stimson in the News
Amy J. Nelson in International Business Times on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Deal

The unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council on Sept. 27 for a resolution requiring Syria to give up its chemical weapons is a triumph for arms control over the use of force in dealing with international conflicts. More precisely, it is a…

Commentary
What Are The Arms Control Implications Of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Deal?

The unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council on Sept. 27 for a resolution requiring Syria to give up its chemical weapons is a triumph for arms control over the use of force in dealing with international conflicts. More precisely, it is a…

Stimson in the News
Amy J. Nelson’s op-ed on problematic treaty talks between Russia and the U.S. is published in IBT

For most of the second half of the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of troops from America and its NATO allies faced off against troops from the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies in a Cold War standoff across Europe — each side fearing the ot…

Commentary
U.S. And Russia At Odds On European Treaty

For most of the second half of the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of troops from America and its NATO allies faced off against troops from the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies in a Cold War standoff across Europe — each side fearing the ot…

Commentary
Four New Faces at the Stimson Center

Stimson is pleased to announce the arrival of four new scholars to the Center: Geneive Abdo, John Edwards, Amy Nelson, and Yun Sun. Stimson’s Chairman, Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., and President Ellen Laipson welcome these additions, each who br…

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