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“Over the past 50 years, ACA has contributed to bridging diversity, equity, inclusion and that's by ensuring that women of color are elevated in this space.”
– Shalonda Spencer
Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation
June 2, 2022
Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy

Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonprolifereation Policy
Kelsey Davenport
[email protected]
202-463-8270 ext. 102

Kelsey Davenport is the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she focuses on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran and North Korea and on international efforts to prevent proliferation and nuclear terrorism. She reports on developments in these areas for Arms Control Today and runs the Arms Control Association’s project assessing the effectiveness of multilateral voluntary initiatives that contribute to nonproliferation efforts.

She is the creator and lead author of the P4+1 and Iran Nuclear Deal Alert newsletter, which assesses developments related to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, and the co-author of a series of seven reports assessing the impact of the Nuclear Security Summits on efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism. Kelsey joined the Arms Control Association in August 2011 as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow.

Kelsey has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Reuters, and The Guardian and has provided commentary on NPR, CBC, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, and al-Jazeera. She has published opeds in various outlets, including Just Security, TIME, Reuters, CNN, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Defense One.

Kelsey is a member of the advisory board for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and serves on the advisory committee for the National Committee on North Korea. She a member of the Board of Directors for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.

Prior to joining the Arms Control Association, Kelsey worked a think tank in Jerusalem researching Middle East security issues. She holds a masters degree in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts summa cum laude in international studies and political science from Butler University.

Recent Publications and Citations

  • March 1, 2023
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  • Top US Defense official says Iran could produce 'one bomb's worth of fissile material' in 'about 12 days'
    February 28, 2023
  • February 2, 2023

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