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Edward Ifft, PhD

Virginia
PSR Affiliation: Member, National PSR Board of Directors
Professional Affiliation: Adjunct Professor, Security Studies Program, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Distinguished Advisory Panel, Sandia National Laboratory; Consultant, Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (London); International Institute for Strategic Studies; American Physical Society.

Areas of Expertise:

  • strategic arms control
  • constraints on nuclear testing
  • weapons of mass destruction
  • inspection regimes
  • international negotiations

Publications:

"The Specific Verification Requirements of a WMD/DVs Free Zone in the Middle East," Policy Brief No. 17.

"Deep Cuts: Verification Lessons Learnt from Strategic Arms Reductions," Deep Cuts Working Paper 2.

"Verifying the INF and START Treaties," slides presented at American Physical Society Arms Control Workshop, Washington, D.C

"CTBT: US Scientists Answer Concerns of Opponents," Strategic Comments, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), 2012.

"On-Site Inspections: A Major Arms Control Verification Tool," (co-author), Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Geneva) and Centre d'etudes de securite internationale et de maitrise des armements (Paris), 2012.

"Arms Control and Deterrence," (co-author), in Deterrence: Its Past and Future, Hoover Institution, 2011.

"Practical Considerations Related to Verification and Compliance," in Deterrence: Its Past and Future, Hoover Institution, 2011.

"The Arms Control Agenda of the Obama Administration," Foreign Service Journal, December, 2010.

"New START Provides for Significant Arms Cuts," Strategic Comments, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), Vol. 16, Issue 13, April, 2010.

"Sanctions and Weapons of Mass Destruction in International Relations," (co-author) Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 2010.

"On-Site Inspections under the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)," Occasional Papers 1 and 2, Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), London, December, 2009.

"New Impetus for Test Ban Treaty," Strategic Comments, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), Vol. 15, Issue 6, August, 2009.

“Political Dimensions of Determining Effective Verification,” Nuclear Threat Initiative, Summer, 2009.

“Looking Back: The Threshold Test Ban Treaty,” Arms Control Today, March, 2009.

“Next Steps in U.S.-Russian Arms Control,” Security Index, PIR Center (Moscow), Spring, 2009.

“A New Look at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” (co-author), Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, Security Paper No. 6 (The Hague), 2008.

“Monitoring Nuclear Warheads,” in Reykjavik Revisited, Edited by Shultz, Andreasen, Drell and Goodby, Hoover Institution Press, 2008.

“Understanding Deterrence,” Analytical Messenger No. 1 (31), Institute for Strategic Surveys and Analyses (Moscow), 2008.

“The U.S.-Russian Nuclear Balance,” Strategic Comments, International Institute for Strategic Studies, (London), Vol. 14, Issue 6, 2008.

“Deterrence, Blackmail, Friendly Persuasion,” Defence & Security Analysis, Routledge (London), September, 2007.

“The End of START?” (co-author), Washington Post, April 20, 2007.

“Assessing Compliance with Arms Control Treaties” (co-author), Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Geneva) and Centre d’Etudes de Securite Internationale et de Matrisse des Armements (CESIM) (Paris), 2007.

“Witness for the Prosecution: International Organizations and Arms Control Verification,” Arms Control Today, November, 2005.

In the Spotlight

On Friday September 12, 2014, MdEHN, Chesapeake PSR, and ANHE co-hosted a symposium of experts to assess the findings of the study, Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland.  There was general consensus that science is emerging that suggests health issues associated with various aspects of gas and oil well development need to be better understood, and that as a consequence, Maryland should not proceed with hydrofracturing at this time.