Willa Nathan

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Contributor Since 13 August 2020


Mentor Background

What is your area of expertise?

  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • Policy
  • Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?

  • High School Students
  • College Students
  • How did you become interested in this area?

    After going to an information session for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies for the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies as well as a conversation with CNS researchers I realized that nuclear weapons related policy was a way for me to combine my interests in international relations and national security. 

    What was your career path to get here?

    I received a BA in Philosophy and Arabic and went straight into my MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). While at MIIS, I was an intern at the Naval Postgraduate School and a graduate research assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. In my last semester at MIIS, I went home to NYC and interned at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs while writing my thesis. After graduation I was a National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Fellow (NGFP) and the first Fellow to be placed at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). After finishing NGFP, I took a job with GDIT as a  National Security Analyst/Program Advisor at the U.S. Department of State which is my current position. 

    Why should the public care?

    Any use of nuclear weapons would have far-reaching, catastrophic consequences that would affect the world for years to come. Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are important for a safer world for future generations. 

    Would you be willing to speak to a classroom about your work?

    Yes

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