Center for Strategic and International Studies names new director of nuclear issues

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced on Friday that Rebecca Hersman will join them as the director of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) program.

They also stated that she will serve as senior advisor for the International Security Program.

“Rebecca has been a key leader over the past six years on issues ranging from the nuclear security summit to the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons to the global health security agenda,” said Kathleen H. Hicks, senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at CSIS. “She brings to CSIS strategic vision, real world experience and a commitment to the development of young professionals.”
Previously, Hersman served in the Department of Defense as deputy assistant secretary for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Prior to this, Hersman was a research fellow within the center for the study of WMDs at the National Defense University. Her primary focus was the Department of Defense's role in mitigation of chemical and biological threats.

She holds a master's degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University after earning her bachelor's degree from Duke University.

"We are delighted to welcome Rebecca to CSIS,” CSIS President and CEO John J. Hamre said. “She is one of the nation’s true leading experts on nuclear and counter-WMD issues, and I am confident that the PONI program will thrive under her strategic direction."

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