George Robert Perkovich: Nuclear Arms Expert

'81 Cowell College, politics graduate who has spent over 20 years researching and influencing nuclear arms strategy, nonproliferation, and related international issues.

February 22, 2011

By Andrea Cohen 

George Perkovich

George Perkovich has spent more than two decades researching nuclear arms strategy and nonproliferation, and he is one of the most influential voices on international nuclear arms issues. He is Vice president for studies/director of the Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

His work focuses on South Asia and Iran, as well as on broader international security challenges related to nuclear weapons. He has a particular interest in how aspirations for justice affect the politics of preventing nuclear weapons proliferation.

Perkovich is the author of the award-winning book India's Nuclear Bomb (2001) and coauthor of the Adelphi Paper, Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, published in 2008 by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. This paper is the basis of the book, Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate, which includes 17 critiques by 13 eminent international commentators. Perkovich coauthored the Carnegie Endowment's 2005 report WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications, which was the first to call for the creation of an independent commission to investigate U.S. intelligence failures in Iraq. He is an adviser to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Policy. Perkovich was awarded the 2008-2009 Distinguished Social Sciences Alumni Award.

Recalling his undergraduate education, Perkovich says, "At UCSC I received the greatest boost a person can get. I was encouraged to think without boundaries, but within reason; to respect conventional wisdom by questioning it seriously."

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