Professor; Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Project (EANP)

Jeffrey Lewis
499 Van Buren Street, Rm. 229
(831) 647-6616

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. Before coming to CNS, he was the director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, executive director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a desk officer in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. 

At the Middlebury Institute, He teaches courses on arms control issues in Northeast Asia and Chinese nuclear policy. The work of his team was recently covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and VICE. He is the author of Minimum Means of Reprisal: China’s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007), and Paper Tigers: China’s Nuclear Posture (IISS, 2014). He is a regular columnist for Foreign Policy, and has published articles in Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is the founder of, the leading blog and podcast on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

This course is an introduction to open source analysis used in the context of nonproliferation and terrorism studies. The instructors will give policy lectures as well as hands-on training in the lab. The course is designed as an overview of geospatial and data analysis techniques which are only just recently being applied to the nonproliferation and terrorism research fields. Students will study policy and intelligence analysis using deep web searching, ground and satellite imagery analysis, basic GIS, 3D modeling, crowd-sourcing, text mining, and network analysis.

Fall 2020 - MIIS, Spring 2021 - MIIS, Fall 2021 - MIIS

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This course will examine contemporary issues relating to nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation in Northeast Asia. Topics to be examined include China's strategic modernization, North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and US extended deterrence commitments to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Spring 2020 - MIIS, Spring 2021 - MIIS

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International Crisis Negotiation Exercise

This exercise will provide students with an opportunity to craft an acceptable and viable conflict termination solution for the nearly decade-long Syrian civil war. Participants from the Middlebury Institute and several other area educational institutions are divided into delegations representing the seven active belligerents -- the Syrian regime, Turkey, Russia, Iran, and the United States, as well as political/military factions representing Syrian/Arab opposition forces and the Kurdish populations within Syria. Under the mentorship of faculty and guest experts, students organize their delegations then plan, strategize, and negotiate while promoting national and ethnic interests in an attempt to forge a lasting resolution to the conflict. Under the guise of a UN-sponsored peace conference, students are afforded the opportunity to learn and apply skills in regional situation analysis, negotiation techniques, strategic thinking, leadership, planning, crisis management, decision-making, and team-building.

Spring 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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Applying New Tools and Technologies to Today's Security challenges on the Korean Peninsula
In 2017, North Korea tested a missile capable of delivering a powerful thermonuclear weapon against cities throughout the United States. How do scholars study international security challenges like the spread of nuclear weapons? In this course, students will develop an open source intelligence toolkit applicable to a broad universe of international security challenges, with special focus on nuclear weapons and North Korea. No prior knowledge is assumed, and students outside political science are encouraged to participate. The tools covered, such as satellite imagery, have broad applicability beyond nonproliferation, to areas such as human trafficking, climate change, oceans policy, and counterterrorism.


Winter 2019

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Areas of Interest

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is interested in nonproliferation and arms control issues in Asia, the role of intelligence, and applying new tools to open source intelligence. 


Research Centers

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Policy Studies (International Security and Economic Policy), University of Maryland 
  • BA in Philosophy and Political Science, Augustana College

Dr. Lewis has been teaching at the Institute since 2012. 


Dr. Lewis is the author of Minimum Means of Reprisal: China’s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007) and publishes, the leading blog on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

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