RAND Stanton Research Fellows Publish New Studies Examining Nuclear Security Issues

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October 2, 2012

Three Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows at the RAND Corporation have published new research examining nuclear security issues.

Robert Reardon authored “Containing Iran: Strategies for Addressing the Iranian Nuclear Challenge,” which evaluates the set of U.S. policy options and ultimately lays the groundwork for a containment strategy geared toward promoting long-term positive political change in Iran while avoiding counterproductive provocation.

He is now a research fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School.

In “Characterizing the North Korean Nuclear Missile Threat,” Markus Schiller assesses the origins and capabilities of the North Korean ballistic missile threat. He also examines how different policies may be needed to limit proliferation, particularly missiles used to deliver nuclear warheads.

Schiller currently works as an engineer at Schmucker Technologie in Munich, Germany.

David Kearn is author of “Facing the Missile Challenge: US Strategy and the Future of the INF Treaty,” which examines the role of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty in the post-Cold War era. He assesses the prospects for its expansion, transformation or abrogation in the context of critical regional security dynamics.

Kearn is currently an assistant professor of international relations in the Department of Government and Politics at St. John's University in Queens, NY.

The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Program was created to stimulate the development of the next generation of leaders on nuclear security by supporting interdisciplinary research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of the issues.

Fellows carry out a year-long period of independent research. At the end of their RAND tenure, fellows produce studies that contribute to the general body of knowledge on nuclear security. Fellows are located at one of three U.S. RAND offices: Santa Monica, CA; Washington, DC; or Pittsburgh, PA.

The Stanton Foundation was created by former CBS President Frank Stanton, the pioneering executive who led the television network for 25 years. In 1954, Dwight Eisenhower appointed Stanton to a committee convened to develop the first comprehensive plan for the survival of the United States following a nuclear attack. Stanton led the effort to develop plans for national and international communication in the aftermath of a nuclear incident.

Stanton also served as the chairman (1961–67) and member (1957–78) of the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees. The Stanton Foundation aims, through its support of the nuclear security fellows program, to perpetuate his efforts to meet these challenges.

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