Jeff Knopf

Professor and Program Chair, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies ~ Monterey Institute of International Studies

Expertise

Nuclear arms control and nonproliferation; the utility of deterrence, assurance, and other strategies for dealing with WMD and terrorism; international cooperation; public opinion and foreign policy.

 

I have published research on U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms control, the consequences of nuclear proliferation, the denuclearization process in Argentina and Brazil, and strategies for countering WMD proliferation such as deterrence and assurance. I have also done work on strategies for combating terrorism. In addition to my academic experience, I have worked at several NGOs concerned with U.S. defense and nuclear weapons policies. This includes a previous stint at MIIS at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, during which time I served as Editor of The Nonproliferation Review.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Received a grant from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to lead a collaborative research project, initiated in early 2012, to examine “Multilateral Cooperation on Nonproliferation: Lessons Learned.”
  • Was a member of a team commissioned in 2011 by the U.S. Defense Department Strategic Multilayer Assessment program to examine “Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations.”
  • Received the Bernard Brodie Prize for the best article in 2010 in the journal Contemporary Security Policy for “The Fourth Wave in Deterrence Research,” published in the April 2010 issue.

Education

I received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. At Stanford, I worked with the late Alexander L. George and Scott Sagan, two internationally renowned experts in international security and nuclear weapons issues. I have a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University.