Areas of Expertise: Countering WMD; Deterrence; Nuclear Policy; Iran; Middle East (Security & Policy / Persian Gulf Security)
Nima Gerami is an Expert Consultant with the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.
From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Gerami was a Research Fellow at NDU's WMD Center, where he covered Middle East security and policy issues in support of the US Department of Defense. He also lectured extensively at senior war colleges and military academies. From 2017 to 2018, he served as Director of the WMD Center’s Program for Emerging Leaders, a network of national security professionals from across the US government focused on countering weapons of mass destruction. While at NDU, he was seconded to the US Department of State, where he supported the development of policy to prevent, deter, and respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. Previously, he was an adjunct fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (2014) and a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2007-2011).
His publications include: “Iran’s Strategic Culture: Implications for Nuclear Policy” in Crossing Nuclear Thresholds: Leveraging Sociocultural Insights into Nuclear Decisionmaking (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); Leadership Divided? The Domestic Politics of Iran’s Nuclear Debate (The Washington Institute, 2014); and, with Pierre Goldschmidt, The IAEA’s Decision to Find Iran in Non-Compliance, 2002-2006 (NDU, 2012). His commentary and analysis have been widely disseminated by major journals and media outlets, including Arab Weekly, Bloomberg, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Guardian, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Jerusalem Post, National Interest, and New Republic.
Mr. Gerami is the recipient of numerous awards, including the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award and the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He holds his MA in Government from Johns Hopkins University and BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Connecticut.
- Nima Gerami, "Iran's Strategic Culture: Implications for Nuclear Policy," Book chapter in Crossing Nuclear Thresholds: Leveraging Sociocultural Insights into Nuclear Decisionmaking (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
- Nima Gerami, “Iran’s Widening Crackdown Pressures Rouhani,” PolicyWatch 2527, The Washington Institute, November 2015.
- Nima Gerami, “Iran Debates the IAEA Roadmap,” PolicyWatch 2467, The Washington Institute, August 2015.
- Nima Gerami, "Background on the 'Possible Military Dimensions' of Iran's Nuclear Program," PolicyWatch 2269, The Washington Institute, June 2014.
- Nima Gerami, "Political Chasm Deepens over Nuke Program," in The Iran Primer, May 2014.
- Nima Gerami, "Leadership Divided? The Domestic Politics of Iran's Nuclear Debate," Policy Focus 134, The Washington Institute, February 2014.
- Nima Gerami and Paul Goldschmidt, "The International Atomic Energy Agency's Decision to Find Iran in Non-Compliance, 2002-2006," CSWMD Case Study Series 6, December 2012.
- Paul I. Bernstein and Nima Gerami, “Proliferation Risks of Civilian Nuclear Power Programs,” WMD Proceedings, June 2012.
- Nima Gerami. "Nuclear Safety in Iran, Post-Fukushima," in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 2011.