Nelson, Amy

Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Areas of Expertise: arms  control and nonproliferation,  emerging and evolving weapons and dual-use technologies,  the  defense  trade,  transatlantic relations, negotiation  under  uncertainty,  and  nuclear  security.   

Dr. Nelson was previously  Robert  Bosch Foundation Fellow in  residence  at  the  German  Council  on  Foreign  Relations  (DGAP)  in  Berlin,  Germany.  Her work there explored the  current  state  of  German and European  military and dual-use  innovation  and  prospects  for  transatlantic  competition  and  regulatory cooperation  in  this  area.    She  was  also  a  Research  Associate  at  the  Center  for  International  and  Security  Studies  at  the  University  of  Maryland, a  Stanton  Nuclear  Security  Fellow  at  the  Council  on  Foreign  Relations,  and a  policy  analyst  in  the  State  Department’s  Bureau  of  Political-Military  Affairs,  Directorate  of  Defense  Trade  Controls  in  Washington,  D.C.

Dr. Nelson  held  pre-doctoral  fellowships  at  the  Stimson  Center  and  SIPRI  North  America,  and  conducted  dissertation  research  as  a  member  of  the  U.S.  arms  control  delegation  to  the  Organization  for  Security  and  Cooperation  in  Europe  (OSCE),  which  maintains  the  Conventional  Forces  in  Europe  (CFE)  Treaty. 

Dr. Nelson's  writings  have  appeared  in  Foreign  Affairs,  the National  Interest,  the  Washington  Post,  War  on  the  Rocks,  the  International  Business  Times,  the  Millennium  Journal  of  International  Studies,  Political  Psychology  and  the  Journal  of  Neurophysiology.  She received an A.B. with honors in Philosophy from Stanford University, M.A in Intellectual History from Columbia University, and M.A. and Ph.D.  in  Political  Science  from  the  University  of  California,  Berkeley.

 

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