Truman Center for National Policy seeks a visiting nuclear security expert to execute a major multi-year grant to help shape the public narrative around nuclear weapons and nuclear non-proliferation. From October 2021-October 2022, the Janne Nolan Nuclear Security Visiting Fellow will help shape public policy and execute foundation grant deliverables through Truman Center for National Policy.

The main project consists of building relationships with local partners across the country to bridge the divide between nonproliferation and nuclear security policymaking at the national and international level on the one hand, and the nuclear risks that Americans face in different parts of the country on the other, all through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). Such efforts will, for example, examine and highlight the links between nuclear weapons and public health and environmental preservation, as well as the continued risks that nuclear weapons pose to Americans across the country, particularly in historically underserved communities. The long-term goal of this project is to build a diverse nationwide constituency for reducing nuclear risks that truly represents Americans and is based on their concerns and priorities. At the same time, we hope to diversify US nuclear policy making to better represent the wide range of communities affected by those policies. 

Over the course of their one-year fellowship, the Janne Nolan Nuclear Security Visiting Fellow will be required to execute the following deliverables: 

  1. Conduct a series of at least 4 roundtable discussions in 4 different locations across the United States to gain a better understanding of how Americans in different areas of the country view nuclear issues, expand the stakeholder community working to reduce nuclear risks, and bridge the divide between the nuclear policy community in DC and stakeholders in the rest of the country. These roundtables will bring together local groups and individuals already working to reduce nuclear risks, as well as stakeholders working on related issues, such as environmental and public health challenges. By partnering with local organizations (as well as local Truman chapters) in bringing nuclear policy discussions to communities across the country, we promote more durable engagement on these issues in these communities. We also expand the opportunities for stakeholders who may lack the means or connections to participate in shaping conversations around nuclear policy under the status quo.
  2. Build on these findings to develop a ‘Nuclear 101’ training program for Truman Project members and the general public on reducing nuclear risks, structured through a DEIJ lens, that empowers Truman Project members and the public to engage more actively on these issues in their communities across the country.

  3. Promote and communicate the findings from these roundtable discussions to policymakers, policy analysts and the general public through initiatives such as a public panel and press/media outreach. By utilizing the Truman Center’s communications and digital team, we will develop an outreach strategy to amplify diverse voices within nuclear policy and ensure that we provide a foundation for sustained engagement between DC-based nuclear experts and other stakeholders across the country.

  4. Solicit op-eds on reducing nuclear risks from roundtable participants and Truman Project Fellows in local and national media.

During their tenure, the Visiting Fellow will be fully incorporated into the Truman team and afforded the opportunity to attend all HQ events; regional Member events and retreats; and numerous political and policy events with leading political and national security officials. The Fellow will be encouraged to regularly meet with Truman’s community of Security Fellows, Political Partners, and Defense Council members. Truman HQ will also support the Visiting Fellow with publishing and promoting their own written products, including op-eds. 

Reports to: Director of Programs

The Ideal Candidate Will Be: a current Ph.D. student, or have at least 5-7 years working on nuclear security issues. (If not a current Ph.D student, M.A. will be required) 

Timeline: Part-time (15-20 hours per week) October 2021-October 2022

Stipend: $33,600

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