Biography of Andrea Stricker

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) joined the Institute for Science and International Security in 2007.  Stricker provides overall policy guidance and assessment for Institute publications and develops recommendations for U.S. and international non-proliferation efforts. Stricker assesses country-specific and regional proliferation and has written the largest collection of case studies available to date on illicit nuclear trade, deriving lessons and observations about ways to halt this trade, and helping to pioneer the Institute’s work on understanding such trafficking and finding ways to detect and stop it.  She manages the Institute‚Äôs fundraising and grants projects and assists with organizational strategy, planning, project development, and high-level communications activities.

Stricker is co-author of a forthcoming Institute book on Taiwan’s historical nuclear weapons program, a chapter contributor to the update to The Plutonium Handbook, and a contributor to Revisiting South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Program: Its History, Dismantlement, and Lessons for Today.  She is the primary author of a two-year inquiry, U.S. Export Control Reform: Impacts and Implications for Controlling the Export of Proliferation-Sensitive Goods and Technologies, 2017.  Her other publications include: Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Ambitions and Proliferation Risks, 2017, chapter and ongoing article contributions to The Iran Primer (2010, updated 2015), published by the United States Institute of Peace, and The Future World of Illicit Nuclear Trade: Mitigating the Threat, 2013.  She wrote groundbreaking open source assessments about allegations of a nuclear weapons program in Myanmar based on its illicit trade and provided extensive editing and substantive support on Peddling Peril, 2010, a Free Press book, by David Albright.  She has drafted Congressional testimony on illicit nuclear trade. 

Stricker has written extensively on Iran’s nuclear program.  She assisted the development and advising on technical and policy recommendations for a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran and subsequent efforts to verify and enforce the deal. She has shaped Congressional testimony on Iran and briefed the media and staffs of members of Congress.  Stricker has also written on the international non-proliferation regime for the Institute, particularly Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conferences, nonproliferation law related issues, and proliferation financing. 

Stricker’s work has been published by The Washington Quarterly, London Telegraph, PBS Frontline, and she has been quoted or cited by The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, The Atlantic, Newsweek, TIME Magazine, Foreign Policy, The National, Daily Beast, Defense News, Fox News, Radio Australia, Reuters, and Associated Press.

Stricker holds a Masters in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and a Bachelors in Political Science and French, with a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies, from the University of Arizona.  She studied French at the Centre d’Avignon of the Institute for American Universities.  She previously worked with the International Rescue Committee’s domestic resettlement and educational programs.