Janne E. Nolan

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Research Professor
Suite 605-F Elliott School of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

National and Nuclear Security, US Nuclear Strategy and Proliferation Policy, Congress and the Politics of American Security. 

Curriculum Vitae

Janne E. Nolan chairs the Nuclear Security Working Group and is a faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University. She has had extensive experience in national security in government and the private sector, holding senior staff positions in the Department of State and the U.S. Senate and as a member of several blue ribbon commissions including the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (chairman), the National Defense Panel, the Department of State’s Accountability Review Board, the Congressionally-appointed Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board.

Her private sector appointments include Professor of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh; Director and Research Professor at Georgetown University;  Director of Foreign Policy for The Century Foundation of New York, and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.  

Her eight books include Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear StrategyTrappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third WorldAn Elusive Consensus: Nuclear Weapons and American Security after the Cold War; and Tyranny of Consensus: Discourse and Dissent in American National Security as well as numerous articles in publications such as Foreign AffairsThe New York TimesThe New Republic and the National Interest

She serves as an advisor or board member at the American Middle East Institute, the Arms Control Association, the Monterey Institute’s Non-Proliferation Review, the Hewlett Foundation Nuclear Advisory Committee, and the Center for Climate and Security. She is a member of the Cosmos Club and the Council on Foreign Relations.

The NSWG is chaired by Dr. Janne Nolan of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

With membership drawn from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, the NSWG provides a forum for experts in different fields to share their perspectives and learn from one another. Through frequent dinner meetings and conferences, the NSWG enables the nation’s leading experts in international security and nuclear issues to share information and collaborate. The group conducts its activities in a not-for-attribution setting, enabling members and participants to freely express their thoughts and ideas.

By establishing a knowledge base of non-partisan foreign policy professionals, the NSWG serves as a resource for administration officials and members of Congress to utilize when real-time expertise is needed. Members of the group regularly meet with senior administration officials and members of both parties on Capitol Hill to help bridge the partisan divide and contribute to the formation and implementation of a nuclear security policy that serves the national interest of the United States.


Ph.D., Tufts University