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Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis has been the Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) since 2010. Before coming to CNS, he was the Director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation.

Prior to that, Dr. Lewis was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a desk officer in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. He is also a Research Scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy (CISSM).

Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies (International Security and Economic Policy) from the University of Maryland and his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. He is the author of "Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age" (MIT Press, 2007) and publishes ArmsControlWonk.com, the leading blog on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

Do You Want Fries with That? Donald Trump Probably Won’t Be Inviting Kim Jong Un Over for Cheeseburgers

Do You Want Fries with That? Donald Trump Probably Won’t Be Inviting Kim Jong Un Over for Cheeseburgers

This is the second installment of a four-part series on what a Trump presidency could mean for US policy toward North Korea. (See Part 1 here.) With Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, millions of despondent voters began looking for some silver lining to what seems like the end of the Republic. A few optimistic souls [...]

Did The Donald Suggest South Korea Build The Bomb? No, But That Might Be The Outcome Anyway

Did The Donald Suggest South Korea Build The Bomb? No, But That Might Be The Outcome Anyway

This is the first of a four-part series on what a Trump presidency could mean for US policy toward North Korea. One of the strangest aspects of the campaign that led to the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States was his repeated references to the possibility of letting Japan and South Korea build their own nuclear [...]

Policy in Practice: Have Sanctions Slowed Mining and Trade at Musan?

Policy in Practice: Have Sanctions Slowed Mining and Trade at Musan?

Following North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January 2016, the United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on the DPRK through Resolution (UNSCR) 2270. Considered to be the strongest of all measures imposed to date, these sanctions included a prohibition on the export of coal, iron and iron ore from the DPRK. Some observers believed [...]

Five Things You Need to Know about Kim Jong Un’s Photo Op with the Bomb

Five Things You Need to Know about Kim Jong Un’s Photo Op with the Bomb

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun) On March 9, KCNA and Rodong Sinmun announced that Kim Jong Un had visited a facility where he learned about North Korea’s progress in mating nuclear weapons to ballistic missiles. A subsequent television broadcast included more than dozen still images from the visit. Not only did Kim Jong Un pose with a number of [...]

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

On Friday, March 4, North Korea showed off a new “large-caliber” artillery rocket system. In this context, large-caliber probably means between 300-400 mm. North Korea appears to have tested the system from its coastal test range at Wonsan, with the projectiles flying about 150 km. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun) Although Kim Jong Un watched [...]

Did Somebody Say H-bomb?

Did Somebody Say H-bomb?

The sun is a miasma Of incandescent plasma The sun’s not simply made out of gas No, no, no The sun is a quagmire It's not made of fire Forget what you've been told in the past ~ They Might Be Giants Five years ago, I opened an article about the possibility of a North Korean thermonuclear weapon with a few lines from a song record by They [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.