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Robert Einhorn, Former State Department Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, Joins Brookings

Washington, D.C. – Robert J. Einhorn, former special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control at the U.S. Department of State, has joined the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow, Brookings President Strobe Talbott announced today. Einhorn will serve within the Arms Control Initiative in the new Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence (21CSI).

“I’ve known and admired Bob for nearly 40 years. I’ve seen him in action as a policymaker, a negotiator, a team-builder,” said Talbott. “Both in and out of government, he’s distinguished himself as leader in meeting one of the most important challenges of the modern age—diminishing the danger of nuclear war and controlling the spread of nuclear weapons. We’re fortunate that he’s chosen to continue contributing to this cause at Brookings.”

From 1972 until 1986, Einhorn held a wide range of positions at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, including as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the Soviet Union. He initially joined the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff in 1986, leaving it in 1992 to become a deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. From 1999 to 2001, he served as assistant secretary of state for Nonproliferation. From 2001 to 2009, Einhorn served as a senior adviser at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, before rejoining the State Department.

“For more than 40 years, Bob Einhorn has dedicated himself to furthering arms control and nonproliferation policy.” said Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at Brookings. “Foreign Policy at Brookings and the Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence will benefit greatly from Bob’s vast experience as he contributes to our research activities as well as our many public and private events.”

While serving as a senior fellow at 21CSI, Einhorn will work on developing new directions in arms control and nonproliferation studies, as well as mentoring a new generation of arms control and nonproliferation scholars via the Scoville Fellows program.

Einhorn holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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