Adam Mount


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

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. Their report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia issued ten findings and six recommendations for the next president’s policy toward the regime.

Dr. Mount’s other writing has been published by Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Survival, Democracy, and other outlets, and he is a columnist at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His analysis has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico, AFP, AP, and Reuters, and he has appeared on CNN, CBS, BBC, MSNBC, and CNBC. He has testified before the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces.

He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Reed College.

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  • U.S. nuclear strategy and force structure
  • Global nuclear politics
  • Deterrence
  • North Korea


  • North Korea is Not Denuclearizing

    The Trump administration shouldn’t get too excited about Kim Jong Un’s pledge to limit his weapons program.

    The Atlantic, April 21, 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 traps Kim can spring on Trump

    Talks with North Korea present a long list possible pitfalls for the U.S. Since Kim Jong-un's offer, President Trump has exacerbated the risks by accepting the invitation outright, issuing overconfident statements and replacing the cautious Rex Tillerson with the pliant Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

    Axios, March 14, 2018

  • On US-North Korea talks

    "If the choices are denuclearization or nothing, it’s an easy choice for Kim Jong Un: The United States will get nothing, missile advancements will continue, and the unstable military crisis will return again with a vengeance."

    The Atlantic, March 7, 2018

  • Managing a Nuclear-Armed North Korea

    Deter, Contain, Constrain, Transform: "The regrettable fact is that a nuclear-armed North Korea exists and is not being managed."

    Texas National Security Review roundtable, February 7, 2018

  • Trump's troubling nuclear plan

    The NPR "hastens the rise of a more dangerous world by accepting the reasoning of U.S. adversaries and affirmatively embracing nuclear competition."

    Foreign Affairs, February 2, 2018

  • Letting it be an arms race

    "Despite the president’s clear lack of knowledge about U.S. nuclear capabilities, the draft shows that the Pentagon is moving to translate his impulses into policy."

    The Atlantic, January 12, 2018

  • Deter, don't provoke, North Korea

    "It is not Pyongyang, but Washington, that appears determined to push this standoff into the military domain."

    CNN, October 24, 2017

  • Preventing an atmospheric nuclear test

    A North Korean test in the atmosphere is "too grave to be ignored."

    The Atlantic, September 22, 2017

  • How China Sees North Korea

    “China is prepared to keep the peace on the Korean peninsula—whether the White House likes it or not.”

    The Atlantic, August 29, 2017

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