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Robert Reardon is a Research Fellow with the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He received his PhD from MIT in 2010. Reardon’s research focuses on international efforts to regulate nuclear and other dual-use technologies. He has written extensively on Iran’s nuclear program. His recent publications include Containing Iran (RAND Corporation, 2012), a chapter on Iran’s nuclear ambitions for the National Bureau for Asia Research’s edited volume Strategic Asia 2013-14, and a correspondence article in the Summer 2013 issue of International Security. He has presented the findings of this research at the Pentagon, U.S. Strategic Command, and universities, think tanks, and academic and policy conferences. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how “dual-track” or “carrot-and-stick” strategies are used in coercive diplomacy with nuclear proliferators. In addition to Iran, the book presents new research on U.S. nonproliferation efforts with Libya, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan. Reardon also participates in a joint MIT-Woodrow Wilson Center research project funded by the NSF that examines the security the safety challenges presented by synthetic biology.


“Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Potential,” in Ashley Tellis, ed., Strategic Asia 2013-2014 (Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, forthcoming October 2013).

“Conclusion: Improving U.S.-Iranian Relations and Overcoming Perceptual Biases” (with Abbas Maleki), in John Tirman, ed., Misperceptions and Realities About Iran: An Exchange Between Iranians and Americans, (New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2013).

"Russia, Iran, and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime,” in Jeffrey Fields, ed., State Nonproliferation Decision Making (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, forthcoming 2013).

Containing Iran: Strategies for Addressing the Iranian Nuclear Challenge (Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, 2012).

“Nuclear Negotiations with Iran,” with Paul R. Pillar, James K. Sebenius, and Michael K.Singh, International Security, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Summer 2013): 174-192.

"Why Bombing Nuclear Programs Doesn't Work: Preventive Force Against Nuclear Aspirants" (manuscript under review).

The Art of the Nuclear Deal: Negotiating with Nuclear Proliferators (book manuscript under review.)