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By Matthew Breen

Dr. Tom Nichols has been reappointed for a second year as a Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, within the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Working on the “Managing the Atom Project,” Nichols joins other scholars and practitioners who conduct policy-relevant research on key issues affecting the future of nuclear weapons, the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and nuclear energy—particularly where these futures intersect, for example in the management and protection of fissile material.

Working at the Kennedy School helps to broaden me as a member of the NWC faculty,” said Nichols, a member of the National Security Decision Making (NSDM) Department. “It's too easy at the War College sometimes to concentrate just on what's going on in a single department, or even a sub course, and taking part in the life of the Belfer Center helps to keep you connected to a very active and involved group of national security professionals outside of Newport.”

The Belfer Center is Harvard’s hub for research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, and scientific policy.  The purpose of the center is to provide leadership in advancing policy in international security and to prepare future generations’ leaders.

“Given the current emphasis on nuclear strategy by the Defense Science Board, the American Federation of Scientists and other groups, the timeliness and topic of his Fellowship directly contributes to the National Security Studies Department curriculum, especially as related to force planning,” said Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, Department Chair of NSDM.