Nickolas Roth

Senior Fellow and Director

Nuclear Security

Nickolas Roth is director of the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security Program and International Nuclear Security Forum. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Roth was a senior research associate at the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School where he received a Dean’s Award for his work. His research has focused on nuclear security, U.S. nuclear weapons policy, arms control, and the nuclear policy-making process. He is currently a research scholar at the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Maryland and an associate of the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Prior to working at Harvard, Mr. Roth was a policy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and the program director for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. In both roles, he developed legislation to improve accountability and project management within the Department of Energy. Mr. Roth’s work has appeared in publications around the world, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Asahi Shimbun, and Newsweek. Mr. Roth earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.


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Nuclear Security in Times of Crisis

Case studies of crises that impact nuclear security provide important opportunities to learn and build resilience into nuclear facilities and organizations

Project Note
Nuclear Security News and Member Updates Roundup, June 2021

In June, the first HALEU facility in the United States was licensed and Belarus prepares for an IAEA IPPAS mission.

Project Note
Nuclear Security News and Member Updates Roundup, April 2021

In April, the nuclear security community reflects on the fifth anniversary of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and the growing threat of violent extremism in government

Project Note
Nuclear Security News and Member Updates Roundup, March 2021

In March, the nuclear security community reflected on the Fukushima nuclear disaster while continuing multilateral dialogue on the physical protection of nuclear materials.

Press Statement
Stimson Expert Statements on New START Extension

In response to today’s positive news about the extension of the New START treaty, Stimson released the following statements: Michael Krepon, Stimson Center co-founder and Distinguished Fellow, and author of the forthcoming Winning and Losing the Nuclea…

Nuclear Security in Review, 2020

2020 presented numerous challenges to nuclear security, including the shift to primarily remote operations and sustaining international cooperation

A threat to confront: far-right extremists and nuclear terrorism

This article was originally published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Policy Memo
U.S. Priorities for Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism

The Biden administration must act decisively to reduce the danger of nuclear terrorism through U.S. leadership in the international community

Remembering the Human Element of Nuclear Security

An interview with Nick Roth

Policy Paper
IAEA Nuclear Security Recommendations (INFCIRC/225): The Next Generation

Nearly a decade later, however, the global nuclear security landscape has changed. Nuclear security regulations and practices have improved. International institutions and norms supporting global nuclear security architecture are stronger. Countries ha…

Blundering Toward Nuclear Chaos

Greater resources and political attention to international initiatives are needed to ensure that nuclear terrorism risks continue to decline.

Securing Nuclear Facilities in a Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 is decimating families, communities, economies, and, if not managed properly could, potentially undermine security at nuclear sites around the globe.

How to keep nuclear power plants operating safely during the coronavirus pandemic

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

Maintaining Nuclear Safety and Security During the COVID-19 Crisis

This article was originally published in Russia Matters

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