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.
Managing Transnational Border Threats: Brazil as a Global Mentor (Konrad Adenauer Stifung, 2014)
Southern Flows: WMD Nonproliferation in the Developing World (Stimson/Stanley Foundation, March 2014)
Market Power (Stimson, September 2013)
Blocking Syria's chemical network (Reuters, September 2013)
Private Sector Can Reduce Weapons Proliferation (International Business Times, June 2013)
Partners in Prevention: Public/Private Partnerships for Global Supply Chain Security (National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, May 2013)
Bridging the Security/Development Divide: The Case of Chemical Security (Non-Proliferation Monthly, April 2013)
Nonproliferation in a Time of Austerity (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, March 2013)
Courting the Global South with "Dual Benefit" Nonproliferation Engagement (The Nonproliferation Review, March 2013)
Meeting the Objectives of UN Security Council Resolution 1540:The Role of Civil Society (Stimson, December 2012)
Building International Climate Cooperation: Lessons from the Weapons and Trade Regimes for Achieving International Climate Goals (World Resources Institute, May 2012)
To Counter Nuclear Smuggling, Target All Smuggling (World Politics Review, May 1, 2012)
Closing the market of the 'Merchant of Death' (The Hill, April 16, 2012)
Managing Across Boundaries (Evolving Transnational Threats and Border Security, March 3, 2012)
Reducing both the debt and drug use (The Hill, February 23, 2012)
Nuclear Security, a “Whole of Society” Approach (The Stanley Foundation, January 12, 2012)
Beyond the silver bullet, Global contraband market requires transnational enforcement strategy (Washington Times, October 18, 2011)
Bridging the Security-Development Divide in Southeast Asia (World Politics Review, October 14, 2011)
Proliferation Prevention: Bridging the Security/Development Divide in the Global South (Global Studies Review, October 12, 2011)
Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Part III (World Politics Review, March 16, 2011)
Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Part II (World Politics Review, March 15, 2011)
Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Part I (World Politics Review, March 14, 2011)
Save Money, Live Better: Doing More with Fewer Nonproliferation Dollars (The Hill, March 3, 2011)
How to prevent the next Viktor Bout (The Guardian, November 17, 2010)
Proliferation, Drugs and Criminal Gangs in Central America (Stimson, 2010).
"The Bioterror Pipeline: Big Pharma, Patent Expirations, and New Challenges to Global Security" (Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 2010).
The Next 100 Project: Leveraging National Security Assistance to Meet Developing World Needs (The Stanley Foundation, 2009).
"Minding Our Business: The Role of the Private Sector in Managing the WMD Supply Chain" (WMD Insights, 2009).
"Nuclear Terrorism: US Policies to Reduce The Threat of Nuclear Terror" (Partnership for a Secure America, 2008).
Cooperative Nonproliferation: Getting Further, Faster (Stimson, 2007).
"25 Steps to Preventing Nuclear Terror: A Guide to Policymakers" (Stimson, 2007)
"Russian Roulette: Canada's Role in the Race to Secure Loose Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons," (International Journal, Volume 61 No. 2, Spring 2006)
"Venture Capitalist.gov: Courting the Ultimate Angel Investor" (American Venture Magazine, 2006)
The Race to Secure Russia's Loose Nukes: Progress Since 9/11 (Stimson and The Center for American Progress, 2005)
Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (The Century Foundation Press, 2003) - co-editor
"The Proliferation of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons" (Chapter in A Grave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century, 2003)