Philipp C. Bleek is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management and Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, both at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His research and teaching focuses on the causes, consequences, and amelioration of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation to states and non-state actors.
During 2012-13, he was on leave to serve as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs under a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security, funded by the Stanton Foundation. His primary responsibilities were staffing the Syria Chemical Weapons Senior Integration Group, a Pentagon-based, interagency focal point for efforts to prepare for Syrian chemical weapons contingencies; representing the United States in a White House-led dialogue with the Russian Federation focused on Syrian chemical weapons; working on a program to bolster weapons of mass destruction-related situational awareness and warning; supporting the drafting of a new National Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and participating in chemical and biological terrorism red and blue-team exercises.
He has also held fellowships at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for a New American Security. He served on President Obama's nonproliferation policy team during the 2008 campaign and has been a consultant to the U.S. government on proliferation issues.
In addition to his current faculty position, he has taught at Georgetown University and in the Department of Defense Senior Leader Development Program. He began his work on nonproliferation issues as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow working at the Federation of American Scientists and the Arms Control Association. Dr. Bleek is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project.
Dr. Bleek holds a PhD in international relations from Georgetown University's Department of Government; a master in public policy, with a concentration in international security and political economy, from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; and a bachelor of arts from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he focused on environmental economics.
Causes, consequences, and amelioration of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation.