Adam Mount

Adam Mount

Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Posture Project
U.S. nuclear strategy and force structure Global nuclear politics Deterrence North Korea

Adam Mount, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where his work covers U.S. nuclear strategy and force structure, conventional deterrence, and progressive foreign policy. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 2015-16, he directed the CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea, a group of seventeen experts chaired by Adm. Mike Mullen and Sen. Sam Nunn. He now directs, with Andrea Berger, the FAS International Study Group on North Korea Policy, a group of twelve emerging experts from allied countries working to develop a sustainable strategy to manage a nuclear-armed North Korea.

Dr. Mount’s other writing has been published by Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Survival, Democracy, and other outlets. He is a contributor to Axios Expert Voices. His analysis is regularly cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, AFP, AP, and Reuters, and he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and CNBC. He has testified before the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces.

Dr. Mount teaches an annual graduate seminar in nuclear strategy at the George Washington University and previously taught international ethics at Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Georgetown and a B.A. from Reed College.

Other Coverage

Like other foreign policy doctrines, progressive internationalism is grounded in a set of moral principles. Progressive internationalists believe that the United States must represent a force for good in the world — not just good as Americans see it, but a kind of good that any reasonable society could accept for itself

Texas National Security Review, December 4, 2018
"It is not Pyongyang, but Washington, that appears determined to push this standoff into the military domain."

CNN, October 24, 2017
A North Korean test in the atmosphere is "too grave to be ignored."

The Atlantic, September 22, 2017
“China is prepared to keep the peace on the Korean peninsula—whether the White House likes it or not.”

The Atlantic, August 29, 2017