University of Pittsburgh
November 2, 2004

Pitt Adds Renowned Authority on International Security Policy to Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Ridgway Center Faculty

Former Clinton Administration defense department advisor Janne E. Nolan brings expertise in weapons of mass destruction and the politics of national security
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PITTSBURGH—International security expert Janne E. Nolan has joined the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies as a professor of international studies. Nolan served as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defense from l993 to 2000; she taught in the national security studies program at Georgetown University from l987 until earlier this year.

"The appointment of Janne Nolan to the faculty makes a significant contribution to the growing recognition of the University of Pittsburgh as a center of excellence in international security studies," commented Pitt Provost James V. Maher.

"Dr. Nolan brings a combination of thoughtful scholarship on national security and high-level policy experience, which makes her ideal for our program in international affairs, educating students for careers in international policy," said Carolyn Ban, dean of GSPIA.

"The University of Pittsburgh is extremely fortunate to have attracted someone with the expertise and credentials of Janne Nolan," said William Keller, director of the Ridgway Center. "Having her on the faculty enhances the center's profile and prestige in the security field, both nationally and internationally."

Nolan's expertise in nuclear weapons, proliferation and arms control, weapons of mass destruction, international technology transfer, and security policy led her to such prior positions as the foreign policy director of the Century Foundation of New York, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a national security advisor to former Democratic Senator Gary Hart, and a foreign affairs officer in the U.S. Department of State. She also has served as an advisor to numerous congressional and presidential campaigns.

Recently, Nolan has turned her interest to the topic of public discourse on national security issues and the chilling effect that is frequently imposed on opinions outside the mainstream or in opposition to current policy. She is writing a book titled Defending the Status Quo: Discourse and Dissent in American Security, under contract to the Twentieth Century Fund, and she is teaching a related course in GSPIA called Ethics and National Security. Nolan is the author of six books and dozens of articles in such national publications as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Washington Post.

Among the books Nolan has authored or edited are Ultimate Security: Weapons of Mass Destruction in the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), An Elusive Consensus: Nuclear Weapons and American Politics After the Cold War (Brookings Institution Press, 1999), Global Engagement: Security and Cooperation in the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press, 1995), Trappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third World (Brookings Institution Press, 1991), Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy (Basic Books, 1989), and Military Industry in Taiwan and South Korea (Macmillan, 1986).

Nolan also was a member of the National Defense Panel, a congressionally appointed group that provided yearlong review and oversight of the Pentagon's first Quadrennial Defense Review in l999, and, throughout the Clinton Administration, she served as a member of the Defense Policy Board, which provided advice to the Secretary of Defense. In l997, she was appointed by Congress to an intelligence panel examining the ballistic missile threat to the United States and served on the official board investigating the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on American embassies in East Africa in l998.

A three-time John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow (1988, 1998, and 2003), Nolan is active as either a board or a committee member of numerous foreign policy leadership groups, among them the International Security Committee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Aspen Strategy Group, Arms Watch (Human Rights Watch), the Arms Control Association, the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, the Foreign Service Council, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and Women in International Security.

Nolan earned master's of law and diplomacy and Ph.D. degrees at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in l981 and l983, respectively, and was awarded a fellowship for advanced doctoral research at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University in l982. She earned the B.A. degree in political science and foreign languages at Antioch College in 1975.

Nolan also taught graduate courses international technology and military strategy at Columbia University in l998 and l999.