Robert S. Litwak, Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies at the Wilson Center, is one of the world’s preeminent experts on nuclear issues and policy, from Iran to North Korea to Russia. A consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he served on the National Security Council as Director for Nonproliferation. The author of pathbreaking books on “rogue states,” Litwak regularly briefs U.S. lawmakers, is frequently quoted in leading media outlets, and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard, Oxford, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.


Full Bio

Robert S. Litwak is senior vice president and director of international security studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Litwak is also a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He served on the National Security Council staff as director for nonproliferation in the first Clinton administration. He was an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Oxford University. Dr. Litwak is author of Rogue States and U.S Foreign Policy, Outlier States, and most recently, Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout, Iran’s Nuclear Chess, and Deterring Nuclear Terrorism. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Major Publications

Preventing North Korea's Nuclear Breakout 

Deterring Nuclear Terrorism

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal

Outlier States: American Strategies to Contain, Engage, or Change Regimes

Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11

Rogue States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Containment after the Cold War

Nuclear Proliferation after the Cold War (edited with Mitchell Reiss)

Détente and the Nixon Doctrine: American Foreign Policy and the Pursuit of Stability, 1969-1976

Security in the Persian Gulf: Sources of Inter-State Conflict