Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



pearl2@llnl.gov (925) 422-6141

Dr. Jonathan Pearl is a Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He contributes to the Center's ongoing work on strategic stability, additive manufacturing, and high performance computing.

From 2011-2014, Dr. Pearl was a Lawrence Scholar at CGSR. Prior to that, from 2010-2011, he held dual appointments as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. During the summer of 2010, he researched and wrote on nuclear safeguards and export controls at LLNL. Previously, Dr. Pearl worked on nuclear arms control as an adjunct researcher and summer associate at the RAND Corporation (2009), and he was a nuclear scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2007-2008). From 2002 to 2006, he served as a foreign policy and national security advisor to former Senator Christopher J. Dodd.

Pearl holds a PhD and MA in government and politics from the University of Maryland, and a BA in music from Florida Atlantic University. His research focuses on strategic stability and arms control, strategic coercion, nuclear proliferation, nuclear disarmament, civilian nuclear cooperation, and other issues at the intersection of science, technology, and policy. His work has been published by the U.S. Army War College, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, among other outlets.

Dr. Pearl is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Selected Publications

"Iran Talks: What Should Be on the Table?" Council on Foreign Relations Expert Roundup (co-contributor, with David Albright, Mark Fitzpatrick, and Daryl Kimball), March 23, 2012.

"Forecasting Zero: U.S. Nuclear History and the Low Probability of Disarmament," U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, November 25, 2011.

"Nuclear Concerns in Unstable Mideast," Council on Foreign Relations Expert Brief, May 23, 2011.

"After New Start: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century Arms Control," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 18, 2011.

"Charting a Smarter Course for a U.S.-Jordan Nuclear Deal," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, October 25, 2010.

"Strategic Coercion and the Iranian Nuclear Case," A Collection of Papers from the 2007-2008 Nuclear Scholars Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 24, 2008, pp. 97-112.