Gerson Sher

Former Senior Advisor

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Gerson Sher is a retired foundation executive and civil servant who has devoted his career to the intersection of scientific cooperation, international affairs and global security. In the public sector, he was Program Coordinator for U.S.-Soviet and East European Programs at the National Science Foundation, where he served for 20 years and contributed to a variety of other programs, including a Presidential initiative with India and policy work in the White House Science Office on scientific communication and national security. He has also worked with several nonprofit organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, George Soros’s International Science Foundation (as chief operating officer) and the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (now CRDF Global), of which he was the founding president. As President and Executive Vice President of the United States Industry Coalition, a nonprofit association that worked with the United States Department of Energy to engage former Soviet weapons scientists through technology commercialization, he engaged extensively with private U.S. high-tech companies in unique public-private partnerships to promote global security, peace and prosperity.

Sher received a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Russian studies from Yale University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University in 1975. His doctoral dissertation, “Praxis: Marxist Criticism and Dissent in Socialist Yugoslavia,” was published by Indiana University Press in in 1977. He is the author and translator (from Serbo-Croatian) of numerous books and articles. In June 2008, Sher received an honorary Ph.D. from the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute (now the Russian Federal Nuclear University), Russia’s premier university for educating nuclear scientists and engineers. The degree was awarded for the career work he has done to promote science and technology cooperation between the United States and Russia.

 

Research & Writing

Stimson in the News
Gerson Sher’s article on nuclear medicine is published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientistis

In his inaugural address in May 2008, Ma Ying-jeou laid out a vision for cross-Strait relations that was at once ambitious but also grounded in the reality of Taiwan’s political divisions. He set out a complex formula on the question of Taiwan’s status…

Commentary
Are medical radioisotopes contributing to global nuclear insecurity?

Nuclear medicine requires the use of medical radioisotopes for a wide variety of procedures, which have saved millions of lives. The most commonly used medical radioisotope is technetium 99 m, which is usually derived from the molybdenum created in med…

Commentary
Russia, Ukraine And Sanctions: A Double-Edged Sword

Unraveling the events in Ukraine, and the reaction in Russia, is another exercise in peeling back the layers of the onion of Russian imperial history. While most of the more spectacular events of the past few weeks are already well known in the West, t…

Stimson in the News
Gerson Sher’s op-ed on the crisis in Ukraine is publised in International Business Times

Unraveling the events in Ukraine, and the reaction in Russia, is another exercise in peeling back the layers of the onion of Russian imperial history. While most of the more spectacular events of the past few weeks are already well known in the West, t…

Commentary
Why Your Stress Test Is a National Security Issue

BULLETIN: The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an amended export license to send apparently unanticipated additional shipments of high-enriched uranium to Europe to boo…

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