Matt Korda

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Matt Korda is a Research Associate for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where he co-authors the Nuclear Notebook with Hans Kristensen. Previously, he worked for the Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre at NATO HQ in Brussels.

He received his MA in International Peace & Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he subsequently worked as a Research Assistant on nuclear deterrence and strategic stability. He also completed an internship with the Verification, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) in London, where he focused on nuclear security and safeguards.

Matt’s research interests and recent publications focus on nuclear deterrence, missile proliferation, gender mainstreaming, and alliance management, with regional concentrations on Russia and the Korean Peninsula. He is a 2018 alumnus of IGCC’s Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Bootcamp and a 2019 CSIS Nuclear Scholar.

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Contact

Phone: 202-454-4688
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mattkorda

Expertise

  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Missile proliferation
  • Alliance management
  • Russia and the Korean Peninsula

Education

  • MA International Peace and Security, Department of War Studies, King's College London
  • BA European Studies, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Publications

  • Israel’s Official Map Replaces Military Bases with Fake Farms and Deserts

    Israel has deleted several military facilities from its official map by replacing them with fake farms, deserts, or paint splotches.


  • Widespread Blurring of Satellite Images Reveals Secret Facilities

    A Russian mapping service has selectively obscured political and military facilities in both Israel and Turkey, which has had the unintended effect of revealing their exact locations to the world.


  • An X reveals a Diamond: locating Israeli Patriot batteries using radar interference

    Amid a busy few weeks of nuclear-related news, an Israeli researcher made a very surprising OSINT discovery that flew somewhat under the radar.


  • Indian nuclear forces, 2018

    India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140. Nonetheless, additional plutonium will be required to produce warheads for missiles now under development, and India is reportedly building several new plutonium production facilities. India’s nuclear strategy, which has traditionally focused on Pakistan, now appears to place increased emphasis on China.


  • Trump falls on sword for Putin’s treaty violation

    Russia’s violation aside, Trump’s response—to pull out of the treaty—makes the United States needlessly complicit in its demise and frees Russia from both the responsibility and pressure to return to compliance.


  • Putin Deepens Confusion About Russian Nuclear Policy

    Rather than strengthening deterrence, ambiguity surrounding U.S. and Russian nuclear thresholds is causing both sides to make dangerous assumptions about one another’s intentions.


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