Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



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Dr. Zachary Davis is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a Research Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has broad experience in intelligence and national security policy and has held senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government. His regional focus is South Asia.

Davis began his career at the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress and has served in the State Department, Congressional committees, and the National Security Council. In 2006-2007, he was Senior Advisor at the National Counter Proliferation Center, in the office of the Director of National Intelligence. He is the author of numerous government studies and reports on technical and regional proliferation issues. He currently leads a project on the national security implications of advanced technologies.

Davis's scholarly publications include articles in Orbis, Asian Survey, Arms Control Today, Security Studies, The American Interest, and chapters in numerous edited volumes. He was editor of the widely read 1993 book The Proliferation Puzzle: Why States Proliferate and What Results. His new edited book on the 2002 South Asia crisis was published by Palgrave Macmillan this year. Davis holds a doctorate in international relations from the University of Virginia.

Selected Publications

Books and Chapters

Editor, Strategic Latency and World Power: How Technology is Changing our Concepts of Security.

Editor, The India-Pakistan Military Standoff: Crisis and Escalation in South Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Editor, The Proliferation Puzzle, (London: Frank Cass, 1995).

"The Realist Nuclear Regime," in Davis and Frankel, eds, The Proliferation Puzzle (London: Frank Cass, 1995).

"Nonproliferation and Denuclearization," in Harknett and Wirtz, eds, The Absolute Weapon Revisited: Nuclear Arms and the Emerging International Order (New York: St. Martins, 1995).

"Solving the Proliferation Puzzle: The Role of Theory in Proliferation Analysis," monograph, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Director's Series, 1995.

"Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation in the 1990s," in Michael Klare, ed, World Security: Challenges for a New Century (New York: St. Martins, First, Second, and Third Editions).

"The NPT: Coping with the Best and Worst Cases," in Raju Thomas, ed, The Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Prospects for the 21st Century (New York: St. Martins, 1998).

"Nuclear Nonproliferation: Where Has the United States Won – And Why?" in Henry Sokolski, ed, Prevailing in a Well Armed World, (Carlisle PA: U.S. Army War College, 1994).

"U.S. Missile Proliferation Policy: Congressional Perspectives," in Neuneck and Ischebeck, eds, Missile Proliferation, Missile Defense, and Arms Control (Bade-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellshaft, 1993).

"America's Nonproliferation Policy," in Arms Control and the New Middle East Security Environment (Boulder: Westview, 1994).

"Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons," in Leventhal, Tanzer, and Dolley, eds, Nuclear Power and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (Washington DC: Brassey's, 1999).

Journal Articles

Asian Survey, Arms Control Today, The American Interest, Irish Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, Nonproliferation Review, Orbis, Security Studies.

Government Publications

Author, numerous all-source, classified studies of foreign nuclear programs and their implications for U.S. and regional security

Editor, numerous classified studies, including multiple agency assessments

Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, authored numerous reports for Congress on nuclear programs of North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Japan, South Africa, Israel, Libya, Algeria, Egypt. Also wrote published studies of U.S. nuclear policy, arms control, proliferation networks, terrorism, cooperative threat reduction, inspections and verification, IAEA safeguards, counterproliferation and Department of Energy programs.

Testified before Congressional committees.

Prepared statements for numerous Members of Congress.

Multiple citations in the Congressional Record.