Amy J. Nelson

Research Associate

Amy J. Nelson is writing a book on the future of arms control.  She is also a nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center.  Her areas of expertise include arms control, emerging weapons technologies, the defense trade, negotiation under uncertainty, and nuclear security.  Her book project emphasizes the search for new best practices for arms control negotiations through the identification of trends revealed through empirical analysis of a novel dataset, and an analysis of the effect of missing information on the negotiation process.  She was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a policy analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, where she reported violations of the Arms Export Control Act to Congress and worked to align domestic munitions regulations and international treaty obligations with particular emphasis on emerging technologies.  She was a pre-doctoral fellow 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, which maintains the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty.  Amy received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has an M.A. in Intellectual History from Columbia University and an A.B. in Philosophy with honors from Stanford University.  Her writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, the Washington Post, War on the Rocks, the International Business Times, Political Psychology, and the Journal of Neurophysiology.