Abigail Stowe-Thurston


Abigail Stowe-Thurston is a research assistant for the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists. Previously, she was a fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), where she lobbied on nuclear weapons policy and Pentagon spending. She has also held internships at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In these positions, her research focused on U.S.-Russian relationship and the history of arms control and nuclear security agreements. Abigail also has extensive experience working internationally, including in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Abigail graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College with a B.A. in Russian Studies and a minor in Political Science. She was awarded two State Department scholarships for intensive language study in Russia and Azerbaijan, and was the recipient of the Macalester College Presidential Leadership Award.

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  • U.S.-Russia relations
  • Nuclear weapons policy


  • Putin Deepens Confusion About Russian Nuclear Policy

    President Putin's comments at a meeting of academics and analysts did not indicate a shift in Russia's nuclear doctrine. Rather, they were intended to respond to the assumptions underpinning the policy changes in the Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review.

    Russia Matters, October 25, 2018

  • The wrong response to Russia’s INF Treaty violation

    The threat of a new missile system is unlikely to make Russia return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty and squanders the opportunities that may exist to preserve the agreement.

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 31, 2018

  • What we talk about when we talk about North Korean denuclearization

    Prominent statements from Trump officials that offer contradictory definitions of denuclearization threaten negotiations before they have formally begun.

    NK News, May 16, 2018

  • Nuclear Weapons are Back, the Eighties Ladies Say So

    Popular culture can help change nuclear culture by making complex nuclear weapons issues more accessible to broad audiences. By depicting the complicated motivations of characters and representing individuals whose voices are often neglected from foreign policy debates, energized narrations of the 1980s have the potential to empower viewers.

    Inkstick,May 14, 2018

  • What is US nuclear policy, exactly?

    "Though the initial months of the NPR rollout have been uneven, the administration can still develop a clear and consistent description of its nuclear policy—and should."

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 18, 2018

  • The Consequences of War With North Korea

    The consequences of a war on the Korean peninsula would range from humanitarian disaster to global economic instability to the collapse of our alliance structures. And there is no question that our generation would be responsible for bearing that burden.

    Teen Vogue, January 4, 2018

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