Brian Finlay

President and CEO

Brian Finlay is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Stimson Center. Under his tenure since 2016, Stimson has transformed its business model, launched pioneering new engagements across Asia, and industry-defining programming on environmental security, renewable energy, and technology. As a result, the Center has tripled in size and continues to dramatically outperform similarly-sized institutions in global rankings. Notably, Stimson today boasts the most diverse and inclusive workforce of any major Washington think tank.

Brian previously served as Vice President, Managing Director, and Senior Fellow at Stimson. Prior to joining the Center, he served as executive director of a Washington-based lobbying initiative focused on counterterrorism issues, as a researcher at the Brookings Institution, and as a program officer at the Century Foundation. Prior to emigrating to the United States from his native Canada, Brian served with the Public Health Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He Chairs the Board of Directors of iMMAP, an information management and data analytics organization focused on improving humanitarian relief and development coordination. Brian was an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, and today sits on the Editorial Board of Global Security, a journal of health, science and policy published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis. With expertise in nonproliferation, transnational crime, counter-trafficking, and supply chain security, Brian holds an M.A. from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, a graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University and an honors B.A. from Western University in Canada.

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Policy Memo
Preventing Illicit Trafficking by Transnational Criminal Organizations

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces. The Problem According to recent estimates, transnat…

Press Release
Ambassador Robert Gallucci Elected as Stimson Center Board Member

For Immediate Release October 3, 2018 Contact: Lillian Mercho, [email protected], 202-478-3409 Washington, DC — The Stimson Center announced today that Ambassador Robert Gallucci has joined the Board of Directors. In that capacity,…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay Quoted on the Impact of Izumi Nakamitsu

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Field Note
Trade Expansion in Jamaica: Opportunities and Challenges

The Jamaican government is working to transform the Port of Kingston into a Global Logistics Hub to attract new trade investments and improve the country’s economy. But as the opportunity for trade expands, risks also grow. Stimson experts Brian Finlay and Lovely Umayam recently completed a major project in Kingston — and saw firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing Jamaica.

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay and Brian Goebel Op-ed on Qualities of Next Department of Homeland Security Leader

Lost in the generally positive commentary on retired Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly’s appointment as White House chief of staff has been the vacancy his appointment has left in his former job as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. This v…

Stimson in the News
Stimson’s “President’s Forum with Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey” Quoted in News.com.au

It was just another day in Washington D.C. for Joe Hockey. The Australian ambassador to the U.S. and former federal treasurer was at the Stimson Center in the American capital on Thursday to deliver a “keynote address on the importance of the US-Austra…

Impact
Building Public-Private Partnerships to Thwart Poachers in Kenya

Creating a system to identify, deter, and combat wildlife crime

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay’s Op-ed in The Cipher Brief on Natural Security and the Syrian Conflict

The U.S. withdrawal from the COP21 Paris Agreement has given new life to the debate around the consequences of climate change. The Trump Administration has cited concerns over national sovereignty and the economic burdens of reducing emission…

Commentary
Closing Supply Chain Loopholes to Prevent the Spread of WMD

By Lovely Umayam Editor’s note: This analysis is part of Impact — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the innovative approaches being used to help solve the world’s major global challenges. Contributions to this series are from leading experts a…

Commentary
Confronting the Poaching Crisis

By Brian Finlay Last week, poachers killed and cut off the horn of a white rhino at a zoo outside of Paris. The butchering of Vince — a 4-year-old male white rhino — was a barbaric act that highlighted the uphill fight against sophisticated internation…

Commentary
Innovate to Prevent the World’s Most Dangerous Weapons from Falling into the Wrong Hands

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Brian Finlay, President and CEO, Stimson Center High Level Open Debate of the UN Security Council on the topic of “Preventing Catastrophe: A global agenda for stopping proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by no…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay quoted in Associated Press on WMDs

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The “nightmare scenario” is rising for a hacking attack on a nuclear power plant’s computer system that causes the uncontrolled release of radiation, the United Nations’ deputy chief warned Thursday. -snip- Brian Finlay, presiden…

Commentary
Support Stimson’s Extraordinary Work

By Brian Finlay Rare. Uncommon. Extraordinary. When I think of the achievements of Stimson’s team, these are the words that come to mind. But they are more than words; they define the very character of our work. In this era of unpredicted division and…

Commentary
First 100 Days: Global Tests & Opportunities Facing Trump Administration

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2017 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the Trump administration faces during its first 100 days in office. Click here to read the full s…

Commentary
Tech Sector Offers Promising Solutions on WMD

By Cameron Trainer and Brian Finlay: As the A.Q. Khan network demonstrated, committed proliferators have become expert at exploiting the seams of the global regulatory network to procure and transship their illicit wares. Increasingly, the sophisticati…

Commentary
Strategic Lift: Toward Capable Civilian Responses to International Crises

By Brian Finlay and Cameron Trainer:  Two years ago this month, the international community watched in dismay as Ebola ran rampant throughout West Africa. Although the earliest reported cases had occurred six months earlier, prophylactic trea…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay quoted in Fortune on the Possibility of Technology Innovation Ending Nuclear Terrorism

As canned as these scenarios—all fictional, I should add—may seem, they are preposterously, ludicrously, and frighteningly closer to reality than almost anyone would realize. Indeed, 419 similar plotlines played out in real life from 1993 to 2013, said…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay op-ed in On Think Tanks on Stimson’s Five Star Transparency Rating

Amidst the most contentious, high-stakes, and mean-spirited campaign for U.S. president in decades, it is difficult to overstate the level of political partisanship that has enveloped American policymaking. At once entertaining and exhausting, our cont…

Commentary
The Importance of Transparency for Modern Think Tanks

By Brian Finlay:  Amidst the most contentious, high-stakes, and mean-spirited campaign for U.S. president in decades, it is difficult to overstate the level of political partisanship that has enveloped American policymaking. At once entertaining a…

Press Release
Dialogue on Conflict, Fragile States Marks Anniversary of Albright-Gambari Commission Report

To mark the one-year anniversary of  the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance report that concluded that the U.N. must reform to address modern threats, UAE Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh and form…

Report
Public Threats, Private Solutions

From the standpoint of security, globalization has made the world a far less safe and predictable place. Yet the forces that have driven the darker side of globalization have also yielded heretofore unimagined technological, economic, and development o…

Press Release
Stimson Center Experts Analyze President Obama’s Nuclear Legacy

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2016 Contact: Jim Baird; [email protected]; 202.478.3413 Experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze President Obama’s nuclear legacy in light of the conclusion of the final Nuclear Security Summit in Washin…

Commentary
Obama’s Nuclear Legacy

Experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze President Obama’s nuclear legacy in light of the conclusion of the final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. The summit  — which brought more than 50 world leaders to Washington…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay quoted in PolitiFact on nuclear weapons

-snip- Brian Finlay, a specialist in nonproliferation at the Stimson Center, a military-focused think tank in Washington, D.C., told us in August there was actually never any question that Ukraine would eventually relinquish those weapons. “They h…

Commentary
Analysis Of State Of The Union Address

Following last night’s State of the Union address — the last of Barack Obama’s presidency — experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze and provide context on the president’s remarks: Johan Bergenas, Director, Partnerships in Security…

Commentary
Tackling Extreme Poverty in the Shadow of Violence

Last month, the board of governors of the World Bank gathered for their annual meeting in Lima, Peru. To much fanfare, they released new data demonstrating that for the first time, the percentage of the global population living in extreme poverty—that…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on Poverty

Last month, the board of governors of the World Bank gathered for their annual meeting in Lima, Peru. To much fanfare, they released new data demonstrating that for the first time, the percentage of the global population living in extreme poverty—that…

Commentary
Canada should sign the arms trade treaty now

Among the likely explanations for the Liberals’ resounding election victory is that Canadians were drawn to Justin Trudeau’s promise to resume Canada’s proud tradition of global leadership through co-operation and compromise and to soundly reject the H…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay and Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in The Toronto Star on why Canada should sign the ATT

Among the likely explanations for the Liberals’ resounding election victory is that Canadians were drawn to Justin Trudeau’s promise to resume Canada’s proud tradition of global leadership through co-operation and compromise and to soundly reject the H…

Announcement
Brian Finlay Named President and CEO of Stimson Center

For Immediate Release September 17, 2015 Contact: Jim Baird (202) 478.3413; [email protected] The Board of Directors of the Stimson Center announced today that Brian Finlay will become the Center’s next President and CEO. Finlay, who will assume t…

Commentary
Stimson Welcomes Brian Finlay As President And CEO

As Stimson welcomes Brian Finlay as its new President and CEO today, Stimson Board Chairman Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., and Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus Ellen Laipson reflect on the Center’s innovative work on global security issues. Pre…

Commentary
It’s Time For The UN Security Council To Lead On Border Management

By Brian Goebel and Brian Finlay: From the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, to the recruitment of Westerners and others to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria, around the world, people are on the move. Here at home, debate rages over wh…

Commentary
Brian Finlay Named President and CEO of Stimson Center

The Board of Directors of the Stimson Center announced today that Brian Finlay will become the Center’s next President and CEO. Finlay, who will assume the presidency October 1, will oversee the strategic vision of the Center after more than a decade s…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay’s “Being Transparent Builds Trust & Boost Impact” quoted in On Think Tanks

Transparency sometimes can appear like a hard thing to do. Making information available can be an extra effort. Transparency may also invite additional scrutiny. It’s thus not obvious that institutions always welcome disclosure. -snip- Why? Ask the thi…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay quoted in Israel National News on multinational companies in non-proliferation

Foreign policy experts warned this week that if the US proves itself unable to enforce a hard line against Iran’s pursuit of nuclear power, America will be rendered unable to oppose nuclear proliferation on a global scale. -snip- Brian Finaly, vice pre…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay quoted in The Washington Free Beacon on non-proliferation efforts

Bowing to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear capability will make it harder to enforce America’s longstanding policy of non-proliferation among enemies and allies alike, according to several foreign policy experts speaking at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday….

Commentary
Learning the Lessons of Ebola: Why the Spread of Disease is About More Than Just Health

By Levi Maxey and Brian Finlay:  By September 2014, a full nine months after the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges of assistance sat stranded in warehouses around the globe pending shipment to the region…

Announcement
John D. Steinbruner, 1941-2015

On November 11, 1991, David Hamburg, then president of the Carnegie Corporation, called three academics to a closed-door meeting in New York to discuss the worsening security situation in the Soviet Union. Two would go on to become Secretaries of Defen…

Commentary
Preventing Pandemics: Ebola and the Global Health Supply Chain

By Sharon Jackson and Brian Finlay: There is progress being made in the countries most severely impacted by Ebola. Liberia released its last confirmed Ebola patient during the first week of March and has not reported any new cases since the beginning o…

Stimson in the News
Role of the private sector and other actors in regard to the future of nuclear security

Stimson Vice President and Director for Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries initiative Brian Finlay joins a round table, “Big Opportunities for New Partners,” on the role of the private sector and other actors in regard to the future of nuclear securi…

Commentary
Stimson Receives 5-Star Transparency Rating

Since its birth in the early 1900s, the American “think tank” has come to occupy a unique space in the American democracy and the international policy landscape: that of the collaborative “problem solver.” As the world grows increasingly complex, addre…

Commentary
Brian Finlay Named Stimson Vice President

The Stimson Center announced today that Brian Finlay, who has served the Center for a decade developing innovative government responses and public-private partnerships to transnational security threats, has been promoted to Vice President. Finlay will…

Report
Beyond Boundaries in Brazil: Innovating for Proliferation Prevention

Co-written by Managing Director Brian Finlay, Senior Advisor Johanna Mendelson Forman, and Scoville Fellow James McKeon,the newest report from the Stimson Center’s Managing Across Boundaries initiative, entitled Beyond Boundaries in Brazil: Innovating…

Chapter
Managing Transnational Border Threats, Brian Finlay and Johanna Mendelson Forman

Brian Finlay and Johanna Mendelson Forman have written a chapter on Managing Transnational Border Threats: Brazil as a Global Mentor, which is included in a new publication, “Multilateral Security Governance.” Get the full pdf here.

Report
The Role of the IAEA in Balancing Security and Development Priorities in the 21st Century

In a globalized world, preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons is becoming a more confounding proposition than at any other time in our human history. As new countries, particularly in the developing world, are forced to manag…

Commentary
Japan’s Renewed Global Role In Peace And Prosperity

On July 1, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a significant policy change to Japan’s post-World War II constitutional constraints. These constraints have historically prevented the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) from playing a greater role in interna…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay’s op-ed on public-private cooperation in global security published in ISN Zurich

Last July, a North Korean-flagged bulk carrier steamed through the Caribbean Sea en route to Wonson, DPRK, via the Panama Canal. Queuing at the Manzanillo International Terminal, Panamanian officials seized the ship on reports that it was transporting…

Commentary
Brazil’s World Cup ennui

The mood in Brazil is sour. With the much-coveted World Cup games less than a month away, it is hard to find the joy among Brazilians about this upcoming global event. The absence of visual displays promoting the games in cities like Rio de Janeiro fur…

Commentary
Innovating For Success: Stimson’s History Of Nonproliferation Pragmatism

Twenty-five years ago, the shape of modern international relations was fundamentally transformed with a wave of revolutions that swept across the Eastern bloc. Beginning in Poland that summer, and culminating with the opening of the Berlin Wall by Nove…

Report
Southern Flows: Weapons of Mass Destruction & the Developing World

How can the international community deny terrorist organizations weapons of mass destruction while furthering pressing development priorities in the Global South? Over seven years, Stimson and the Stanley Foundation sought to bridge the needless divide…

Commentary
Is NAFTA Prepared to Manage Cross Border Threats?

By Johanna Mendelson Forman and Brian Finlay — In the 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, by President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, much of the…

Commentary
The work of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative featured at Stimson’s 2013 gala (video)

Along with honoring retired Admiral James G. Stavridis and the Nokia Corporation, this year’s Pragmatist + Idealist Awards will feature the work of Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative. MAB seeks to attain solutions to complex transnational…

Stimson in the News
Johan Bergenas and Brian Finlay in World Politics Review

Globalization is predominantly thought of as a benign force offering greater opportunities for trade, communication and technological innovation. Yet globalization has developed a dark side, exploited by malicious actors like drug and human traffickers…

Commentary
Public-Private Mapping Database Needed To Shed Light On Globalization’s Dark Side

Globalization is predominantly thought of as a benign force offering greater opportunities for trade, communication and technological innovation. Yet globalization has developed a dark side, exploited by malicious actors like drug and human traffickers…

Commentary
Enhancing Global Security Requires Public-Private Coordination on Supply Chains

Amid the diplomatic breakthrough at the Security Council and arrival of the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Damascus, many observers have lost sight of two key questions about Syria: How did the regime get its chemical weapons, and h…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay in World Politics Review:Enhancing global security requires public-private coordination

Amid the diplomatic breakthrough at the Security Council and arrival of the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Damascus, many observers have lost sight of two key questions about Syria: How did the regime get its chemical weapons, and h…

Report
Market Power: Adapting Public and Private Roles for Transnational Commerce and Transnational Threats

There is urgent need for a “new normal” in public-private relationships on security issues. This report aims to kick-start a new dialogue on making that a reality. Nate Olson and Brian Finlay of Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay in Reuters: Blocking Syria’s chemical network

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifying recently before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was asked a crucial question: Who has been supplying Syria with its chemical weapons? “Well, the Russians supply them,” Hagel responded. “Others are supplyin…

Commentary
Blocking Syria’s Chemical Network

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifying recently before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was asked a crucial question: Who has been supplying Syria with its chemical weapons? “Well, the Russians supply them,” Hagel responded. “Others are supplyin…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay Interviewed On CTV News (Canada) On Dismantling Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Is it feasible for Syria to get rid of all its weapons? Chemical weapons analyst Brian Finlay, from the Stimson Center, weighs in. To watch the full video, click here.

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay is interviewed on dealing with chemical weapons in Syria on Pacifica Radio

Brian Finlay is interviewed on how to deal with chemical weapons in Syria on Background Briefing, Pacifica Radio. To listen to the full interview, click here.

Commentary
Stimson Experts Analyzing Syrian Civil War

Stimson Center experts have been sharing their insights and analysis about the civil war in Syria with policymakers and the public since the conflict began more than two years ago. Here are some recent examples of Stimson commentaries published in news…

Commentary
Syria’s Chemical Weapons And Terrorists

The potential marriage of some of the world’s most dangerous people to some of the world’s most dangerous weapons has been described by multiple successive presidents as the greatest national security threat facing the United States. That prospect seem…

Commentary
Private Sector Can Reduce Weapons Proliferation

Nations around the world are understandably concerned that weapons of mass destruction — from Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons to growing arsenals of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Pakistan — could be used with horrific consequences by threa…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay on Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles

Nations around the world are understandably concerned that weapons of mass destruction — from Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons to growing arsenals of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Pakistan — could be used with horrific consequences by threa…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay publishes in Non-Proliferation Monthly on chemical security

Managing Director and Managing Across Boundaries Initiative’s Senior Associate Brian Finlay and Deputy Director Johan Bergenas were published in The Nonproliferation Review, writing on how to get buy-in from emerging…

Commentary
Presidential Inbox 2013: Prevent Trafficking in the Global Supply Chain

Click here to view the complete Presidential Inbox series. The Challenge Propelled by the forces of globalization, transnational criminal activity and the related trafficking of all manner of illicit items represents one of the most significa…

Policy Paper
Courting the Global South with “Dual Benefit” Nonproliferation Engagement

President Barack Obama and an array of other Western leaders continue to assert that the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to non-state actors is one of most pressing challenges to global security today. Yet, Western efforts to engage governm…

Report
Beyond Boundaries in Southeast Asia

Over the past 30 years, globalization has revolutionized international relations. The net positive result has been soaring economic growth and burgeoning prospects for peace and prosperity around the globe. Southeast Asia, in particular, has witnessed…

Report
Meeting the Objectives of UN Security Council Resolution 1540: The Role of Civil Society

In 2004, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1540, which mandates a comprehensive set of supply-side controls on all States. Since then, governments have worked to varying degrees to ensure compliance with the terms of the Resolution; yet, for a…

Stimson in the News
Brian Finlay interviewed by World Politics Review on Russia’s decision to withdraw from Nunn-Lugar

Managing Across Boundaries Director Brian Finlay was interviewed by World Politics Review, discussing Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Nunn-Lugar nuclear security program. To read the full article, “Russia’s Nunn-Lugar Exit Co…

Commentary
No Iranian Nukes, Eh?

Last week, the Government of Canada announced that it would immediately close its Embassy in Tehran, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada. In his announcement, the Canadian Foreign Minister lambasted the regime in…

Commentary
Modernizing the Nonproliferation Toolkit: The Case of Poland

Incidents of proliferation since the end of the Cold War, along with the case of Iran, point to a dramatically different nonproliferation challenge in this century compared to the last. Most notably, today’s challenge moves beyond the fear of state acq…

Commentary
To Counter Nuclear Smuggling, Target All Smuggling

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama asserted that the most immediate and extreme threat to national security was that posed by a terrorist organization acquiring a nuclear weapon. As president, he pledged to mitigate that potentiality by securing…

Commentary
Brian Finlay and Rachel Stohl published in The Hill on the illicit trafficking of arms

Managing Across Boundaries Director Brian Finlay and Fellow Rachel Stohl were published in The Hill, writing on the heels of the conclusion of notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout’s trial. The authors emphasize the need for global stan…

Commentary
Brian Finlay and Matthew Leatherman published in The Hill on budget reduction and illicit drug trade

Managing Across Boundaries Director Brian Finlay and Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense Research Analyst Matthew Leatherman were published in The Hill, writing on the need to rebalance the traditional approach to counter…

Policy Paper
Bridging The Divide: Security And Development Capacity‐Building In Southeast Asia

Thirty years of globalization has brought widespread economic growth to Southeast Asia. For example, both the Philippines and Viet Nam have taken great strides to reduce poverty rates and burgeoning export oriented growth has enhanced foreign trade….

Issue Brief
Managing Across Boundaries Newsletter

  Managing Across Boundaries Newsletter   March 15, 2011   Welcome to MAB’s Newsletter Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter. This issue features an article by myself and the Managing Across Boundaries (MAB) program’s Visiting F…

Report
Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa

As a direct result of globalization and expanded economic opportunity, the last half century has yielded the most remarkable exodus from poverty in human history. Regrettably, not all have benefitted equally. No more somber example of this continued di…

Report
Counterfeit Drugs and National Security

The deadly implications of counterfeit drugs are well understood to be a central challenge to the integrity of public health systems around the globe, as well as a direct threat to our individual health and welfare. What is less understood is that the…

Commentary
How to prevent the next Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout, the Russian arms trafficking suspect, arrived on US soil today to be prosecuted for illegally selling arms to some of the most nefarious strongmen and terrorist actors of modern times. In this article for the Guardian, Brian Finlay, Senior…

Commentary
Brian Finlay publishes article “How to prevent the next Viktor Bout” in the Guardian

Viktor Bout, the Russian arms trafficking suspect, arrived on US soil today to be prosecuted for illegally selling arms to some of the most nefarious strongmen and terrorist actors of modern times. In this article for the Guardian, Brian Finlay, Senior…

Commentary
Case In Context: Yemen And The (Lack Of) U.S. “Whole Of Government” Approach

The concept of “whole of government” is the latest in a long Washington legacy of hip slang that no one seems to fully understand but that everyone wholeheartedly embraces. Regrettably, beyond the flowery statements of government officials and the shin…

Commentary
The West Must Expend Resources Wisely in Yemen

In this article for World Politics Review, based on a new report released by the Managing Across Boundaries program and the Stanley Foundation, Brian Finlay and Johan Bergenas discuss how the United States is currently proposing to allocate $1.2 billio…

Commentary
The European Union’s Evolving Engagement with Iran

In 2003, the “E3”-Germany, France, and the United Kingdom-engaged Iran in talks over Tehran’s nuclear program and were joined in negotiations the next year by the European Union (EU). Given the dim prospects of success for these talks, why did the E3/E…

Report
Beyond Boundaries in the Middle East

Widely considered to be the cradle of civilization itself, the Middle East not only boasts the origin of many major religions, it is a part of the world rich in history, culture, and natural resources. Regrettably, the region is also afflicted with the…

Report
Manufacturing Possibility

Existing nonproliferation programs aimed at redirecting former Soviet weapons scientists must be complemented by a new model that is based on the creation of incentives for private companies to employ these scientists. Implementation of the public-priv…

Commentary
A “Dual Use” Approach To Development And Security In Central America

Few regions of the world better illustrate the intimate nexus between human development and security than does Central America. A region of inherent economic and social promise, its fortunes have often been frustrated by a plethora of serious security…

Commentary
Curbing Proliferation Through Development

Nuclear terrorism is not a ­preeminent concern for most countries, but preventing it has benefits they should consider, writes Brian Finlay for the Stanley Foundation Courier. Click here to read the full article.

Report
WMD, Drugs, and Criminal Gangs in Central America

Few regions of the world better illustrate the intimate nexus between human development and security than does Central America, this Stimson Center and Stanley Foundation project report concludes. The report, informed by a regional workshop in Panama C…

Report
Report on the Workshop: Nuclear Dangers, Nuclear Realities

In the future, 2009 and 2010 may emerge as a decisive time in the evolution of international nuclear policies.  The global demand for energy security has led to renewed interest in safe and clean nuclear ene…

Report
Pharmaceutical Terror: Getting Health Care Reform Right

From a public health perspective, there is much to celebrate among the many competing health care reform proposals that have been offered on Capitol Hill. Yet one underlying and potentially worrisome subtext to almost all existing reform options is a c…

Policy Paper
Bridging the Security/Development Divide with UN Security Council Resolution 1540

 A Case Study Approach Submitted as a Working Paper for The Stanley Foundation’s “Resolution 1540: At The Crossroads” Event on October 1, 2009. In a rapidly globalizing world, the need for governance that transcends national boundaries is a given….

Policy Paper
Bridging the Security/Development Divide with UN Security Council Resolution 1540

A Case Study Approach September 2009 Submitted as a Working Paper for The Stanley Foundation’s “Resolution 1540: At The Crossroads” Event on October 1, 2009. In a rapidly globalizing world, the need for governance that transcends national boundaries is…

Commentary
Presidential Inbox 2009: The First 100 Days

The first 100 days of any administration are filled with tough choices and breaks from past policies. This administration is no different. In the lead-up to the election, Stimson experts identified the issues, from nuclear proliferation to a code of co…

Report
Minding Our Business: The Role of the Private Sector in Managing the WMD Supply Chain

States and terrorist organizations can easily exploit legitimate businesses up and down the supply chain to obtain dual-use knowledge and technologies. In today’s security environment, a diverse set of forces is gathering, presenting a growing challeng…

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The Next 100 Project: Leveraging National Security Assistance to Meet Developing World Needs

The world is facing a new era of proliferation, sparked by the end of the Cold War and the transferring of sophisticated technologies from government to private hands. As this trade has grown, nonproliferation has often been secondary to the financial…

Commentary
General Public Must Do Its Part To Prevent Future Terrorist Attacks

Much of the needed response to prevent WMD terrorism must occur beyond our shores and depends upon collaboration with our allies overseas. Yet there are also serious risks within our borders whose solutions rely upon greater public awareness, national…

Report
Nuclear Terrorism: US Policies to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Terror

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) has released a WMD Report Card, examining US Government programs to prevent nuclear, chemical, and biological terrorism. In 2005, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project found that the U.S. Government had made “insu…

Commentary
Developing Our Way out of WMD Terror

With a leak resistant system impractical, ensuring that every government has a stake in proliferation prevention, and is incentivized and capable of playing nonproliferation hardball must be critical new element of our WMD proliferation prevention effo…

Commentary
Against All Odds: Preventing Terrorists from Getting Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons

By Brian Finlay and Dr. Elizabeth Turpen The Challenge A weapon of mass destruction (WMD) in the hands of terrorists poses a grave threat to the security of the United States. While this is neither the most likely nor the only security challenge facing…

Commentary
Are We Safer?

The impending closure of the FBI’s investigation of the anthrax-laced mailings of 2001 has generated new interest in the question: Are we safer today than we were when anthrax was distributed up and down the Eastern seaboard, killing five people and si…

Report
Old Plagues, New Threats: The Biotech Revolution and its Impact on US National Security

The benefits of biotechnology have brought unprecedented advances in global development. In many ways, the world is a better place to live than it has ever been: life expectancy has doubled in the past 100 years; the technology-driven revolution has cr…

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Scientific Cooperation to Meet Grand Challenges: Valuating Russian Scientific Strength

The following study relied on Essential Science Indicators Sci-bytes and Web of Science, products offered by Thomson Scientific, in order to determine the areas of science in which Russia is the most competitive.

Commentary
Fighting Terrorism at a Store Near You

Brian Finlay discusses the commercial opportunities available to private businesses willing to engage former Soviet Union WMD specialists.   Net Impact Leading Business October 2007 Sixty-five years ago this month, the Manhattan Project was launch…

Report
25 Steps to Prevent Nuclear Terror: A Guide for Policymakers

There is no greater threat to global security than the diffusion of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons expertise and materials. Without an integrated approach to securing the large inventories of WMD materials and expertise around the world, the…

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Cooperative Nonproliferation: Getting Further, Faster

This  book provides a critical and contemporary assessment of the programs intended to reduce the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons’ proliferation risks stemming from collapse of the Former Soviet Union (FSU). These risks include an alarmin…

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Regulating Access and Control of Dangerous Pathogens: Implications for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Seven days after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, anthrax spores were spread through the US Postal Service to a variety of news services and public officials. Within three months, eighteen people were known to have b…

Report
The Pathogens For Peace Initiative: Expanding Resources to Address Neglected Diseases, Promote Economic Development, and Support Sustained Scientific Engagement

When Canada hosted the G8 Summit in Kananaskis in 2002, it brought to the table a long and innovative history in the fields of foreign assistance and public international health that, if leveraged, could produce significant advances to the dual threats…

Commentary
Venture Capitalist.gov: Courting the Ultimate Angel Investor

President Bush has asserted repeatedly that the greatest national security threat facing our country is the possibility of a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon in the hands of a terrorist group. Today, the United States maintains the largest and m…

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The Race to Secure Russia’s Loose Nukes: Progress Since 9/11

Four years after a bipartisan Task Force recommended an acceleration of programs to secure Russia’s vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials by 2009-2011, the United States has failed to dramatically hasten efforts. At the current rate, the United Stat…

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Tougher Measures Needed on Terror Weapons BUSH CONGRESS SHOULD ACT

Brian Finlay and Charles Ferguson discuss the threats of proliferation and terrorism. They call for enhanced programs to fight these threats and for the elimination of bureaucratic red tape. After the acrimony, hand-wringing, and last-minute deal-makin…

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Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Brian D. Finlay, Bernard I. Finel, and Janne E. Nolan, editors The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other advanced military technologies has emerged as the preeminent security concern for the United States since the end of the twentieth…

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