Before coming to CNS, he was the Director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation.
Prior to that, Dr. Lewis was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a desk officer in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. He is also a Research Scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy (CISSM).
Nuclear nonproliferation, international security, disarmament, arms control
Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies (International Security and Economic Policy) from the University of Maryland and his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
Dr. Lewis is the author of Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007) and publishes ArmsControlWonk.com, the leading blog on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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NPTG 8510 / IPOL 8510 - Security&ArmsCntrl-N East Asia
This course will examine contemporary issues relating to nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation in Northeast Asia. Topics to be examined include China's strategic modernization, North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and US extended deterrence commitments to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS
NPTG 8563 / IPOL 8563 - Evolutn ofChineseNuclearPolicy
This course, on the evolution of Chinese nuclear policy, is divided into three parts. The first part outlines early Chinese attitudes to nuclear weapons, proliferation and disarmament, prior to and immediately following China’s nuclear test in 1964. The second part examines enduring concepts in Chinese nuclear policy, such as No First Use, and introduces students to important debates in China since the 1980s on nuclear deterrence. The third part focuses on contemporary issues and challenges that shape Chinese nuclear policy, from ballistic missile defense, to the South Asian nuclear tests in 1999, and the North Korean nuclear crisis. The nature of the US-China nuclear relationship will also be explored. The principal objective of the course is to give students a better understanding of China’s nuclear policy, both past and present. A secondary objective is to introduce to students key literature and sources, both in English and Chinese, on this issue.
Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS
WKSH 8569 - N Korea's BallisticMissilePgms
This course will examine the development of North Korea's ballistic
missile programs. Students will examine competing hypotheses about the
sources of North Korea's ballistic missile technologies. The course
will also consider the factors behind North Korea's export of
ballistic missiles, components and technologies. The instructor will
place special emphasis on assessing efforts by the United States and
Israel in the 1990s to curb North Korea's development and
proliferation of ballistic missiles.
Fall 2011 - MIIS
WKSH 8571 - Wks: China's Nuclear Policies
This course will review the historical development of China's nuclear weapons policies, forces and posture, with an emphasis on considering competing theoretical explanations for observed behavior. The course will also examine alternative future scenarios for China's nuclear weapons in a policy context.
Fall 2010 - MIIS
WKSH 8594 - North Korea's Nuclear Program
Spring 2011 - MIIS
WKSH 8596 - Japan & Extended Deterrence
Spring 2011 - MIIS