Edward Geist

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Associate Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in history, University of North Carolina; M.A. in history, University of North Carolina; B.A. in history, William & Mary College

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Overview

Edward Geist is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research interests include Russia, nuclear weapons, and artificial intelligence. Formerly a MacArthur Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND, his research interests include Russian defense policy, civil defense, and the potential impact of emerging technologies on nuclear strategy. Geist received his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina in 2013 and his book Armageddon Insurance: Civil Defense in the United States and Soviet Union, 1945-1991, is to be published later this year.

Languages

Russian

Commentary

  • A robot arm moves its index finger toward a nuclear button

    Will Artificial Intelligence Undermine Nuclear Stability?

    In the coming years, AI-enabled progress in tracking and targeting adversaries' nuclear weapons could undermine the foundations of nuclear stability. Will AI someday be able to guide strategy decisions about escalation or even launching nuclear weapons?

    May 1, 2018 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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