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Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy

Kelsey Davenport is the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security issues. Her areas of expertise include nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear and missile programs in Iran and North Korea, and nuclear security. Kelsey also reports on developments in these areas for Arms Control Today and is the author of the P5+1 and Iran Nuclear Deal Alerts.

Kelsey initially joined the Arms Control Association in August 2011 as the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. Prior to this role, Kelsey worked for a Jerusalem-based think tank where she researched regional security issues and track II diplomatic negotiations. She holds a masters degree in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Kelsey graduated summa cum laude from Butler University with a B.A. in international studies and political science. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.

Kelsey has been quoted in numerous outlets, including Roll Call, the Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, AFP, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian. Her recent on-air media appearances include the CBC, MSNBC, ABC News (Australia), and C-Span (starting at 45:30).

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202-463-8270 ext. 102

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Recent Publications

  • March 2, 2012

    After 16 years and $5 billion, the Airborne Laser, once touted as “America’s first light saber,” has been canceled.

  • January 12, 2012

    The announcement by the British Ministry of Defence that it plans to spend 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) on new facilities at the Aldermaston nuclear weapons complex has prompted a strong reaction...

  • January 12, 2012

    In the latest sign of political problems for the planned replacement of the United States’ nuclear-armed submarines, Congress has required the Navy and U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) to prepare a report on options for replacing the fleet.

  • November 2, 2011

    The nuclear security summit process could end in 2014, a top adviser to President Barack Obama indicated last month.

  • September 30, 2011

    U.S. agencies are not able to verify the location and physical security of U.S.-obligated nuclear materials overseas, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released last month. The document, a summary of the classified report issued to the House Foreign Affairs Committee in June, recommended that Congress consider requiring the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to “complete a full accounting of U.S. weapons-usable nuclear materials [in other countries].”