Alex Bollfrass

Former Nonresident Fellow

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This research compares the performance of intelligence agencies in the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, and the former East Germany. He is also the co-author of two forthcoming scientific papers on the implications of changes in climate for human conflict and is applying advanced natural language statistical techniques to investigate the evolution of diplomatic rhetoric related to nuclear weapons. Mr. Bollfrass is a Bradley Fellow and a Center for International Security Studies Fellow at the university. 

Mr. Bollfrass was previously a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate with the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Weapons and International Security program, where he served as co-editor of two books on the technical and political obstacles to nuclear disarmament. Mr. Bollfrass has held the Scoville Fellowship at the Arms Control Association and reported for Arms Control Today on nuclear and chemical weapons issues. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, CNN, the Nonproliferation Review, among others, and he has presented to a wide range of citizen groups and policymakers on nuclear proliferation and intelligence topics.

Mr. Bollfrass is a native German and English speaker and gives instructions to computers in R and Python. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and two Master’s degrees in public policy from Princeton University.

Research & Writing

India is building nuclear submarines and ICBMs. That’s a $14 billion mistake.

This article was originally published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Lost in Translation? U.S. Defense Innovation and Northeast Asia

The United States must ensure that its military can adapt to an evolving threat environment to maintain its relative advantage vis-à-vis potential adversaries. Should the U.S. tackle this task unilaterally, however, the perception of relative U.S. decl…

Reducing The Risk Of Nuclear War In The Nordic/Baltic Region

Europe is currently experiencing escalating political and military tensions that are rekindling fears of war between Russia and NATO. Any such conflict would inherently include a risk of nuclear weapons use. The Stimson Center, partnered with Project H…

Nuclear Security Series- Unblocking the Road to Zero: Perspectives of Advanced Nuclear Nations

Each of the country assessments, to be published ad seriatum, considers the security conditions that need to be met before the government in question would participate in a multilateral disarmament process. Next in the series is another pair of countri…

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