Jon Wolfsthal

Jon WolfsthalDeputy Director
Washington DC

Areas of Research

  • Nuclear weapons strategy and deterrence
  • Regional proliferation
  • Nuclear terrorism
  • Regional: East Asia, Middle East, Russia


From 2009-2012, Jon Wolfsthal served as the Special Advisor to Vice President Joseph R. Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation and as a director for nonproliferation on the National Security Council. He supported the Administration’s negotiation and ratification of the New START arms reduction agreement with the Russian Federation, and helped support the development of nuclear policy including through the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and other elements of the Obama Administration’s security policies.

He was previously a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and deputy director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

He served in several capacities during the 1990s at the U.S Department of Energy, including an on-the-ground assignment in North Korea during 1995-96.

B.A. in political science from Emory University, Atlanta Georgia



  • Co-Author, Deadly Arsenals; Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Threats (2nd edition), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (forthcoming 2005)
  • Co-Author, Deadly Arsenals; Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2001


  • Co-author and coordinator, The U.S.-Russia Civil Nuclear Agreement: A Framework for Cooperation, CSIS, 2009
  • Co-author, Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005.
  • Verifying North Korean Nuclear Disarmament: A Technical Analysis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Nautilus Institute for Sciences and Sustainability, 2003.
  • Editor, Nuclear Status Report: Nuclear Status Report: Nuclear Weapons, Fissile Material & Export Controls in the FSU, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Monterey Institute, 2001.
  • Editor, Alexander Tikhonov, Russia’s Nuclear and Missile Complex: The Human Factor in Proliferation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2001.
  • Co-author, An Agenda for Renewal: US-Russian Relations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000.