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Dr. Anna Péczeli (925) 424-5787

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Dr. Anna Péczeli is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is also an affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, and an adjunct fellow at the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies (CSDS) at the National University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary.

Prior to joining LLNL, she worked at Stanford University: in 2018-2019 she was a visiting postdoctoral research scholar at The Europe Center (TEC), and in 2016-2017 she was a Stanton nuclear security fellow at CISAC. In Hungary, she was a senior research fellow at CSDS, an assistant lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest, and an adjunct fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. During her PhD studies, she held a visiting research fellowship at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, and a visiting Fulbright fellowship at the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in Washington, DC.

She earned a PhD degree in International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest. Her research focuses on U.S. nuclear planning, in particular the changes and continuities in U.S. nuclear strategy since the end of the Cold War. Her research areas also include extended nuclear deterrence in Europe, NATO’s defense policy, and the U.S.-Russian arms control dialogue. Anna is a member of the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues mid-career cadre, the European Defence and Security Network, the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium, and chair of the Executive Board of the International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) group.


Selected publications

  • The 2021 Defense Strategy Review and Modern Strategic Conflict. Center for Global Security Research Workshop Summary. (co-authors: Jessica Budlong, Krystyna Marcinek, Brian Radzinsky, Emilyn Tuomala, Brandon Williams) December 2020
  • The Next U.S. Strategic Posture—And the Posture After Next. Center for Global Security Research Workshop Summary. (co-authors: Megan Cordone, Henry Gilchrist, Kayleigh Haskin) July 2020
  • Fit for Purpose? The U.S. Nuclear Posture in 2030 and Beyond. Center for Global Security Research Workshop Summary. (co-authors: James Blumhoff, Taylor Lamoureaux, Brice Richmond, Murry Smith) June 2020
  • Winning Conventional Regional Wars Against Nuclear-Armed Adversaries. Center for Global Security Research Workshop Summary. (co-authors: Brandon Cortino, Jacek Durkalec, William Heerdt, Pablo Alonso Garcia) November 2019
  • Comparing trends in Central European Countries’ relations with the United States, In: Anna Peczeli (ed.), Central European Countries’ Relations with the United States. Budapest: Dialóg Campus, 2019, pp.184-200.
  • What the death of the INF Treaty means for Europe. European Leadership Network. October 2018
  • Continuity and change in the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. February 20, 2018
  • U.S. Nuclear Declaratory Policy 2021: The Renewed Debate About Sole Purpose and No-First-Use, Anna Péczeli (February 2021)
  • "The Trump Administration's Nuclear Posture Review: Back to Great Power Competition." Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. Volume 1, Issue 2, 2018, pp.238-255.
  • "Best Options for the Nuclear Posture Review." Strategic Studies Quarterly. Volume 11, Issue 3, 2017, pp.73-94.
  • "The future of US–Russian nuclear deterrence and arms control." The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Volume 73, Issue 4, 2017, pp.271-278. (co-authors: Tatiana Anichkina and Nickolas Roth)
  • "Russia, NATO, and the INF Treaty." Strategic Studies Quarterly. Volume 11, Issue 1, 2017, pp.66-99. (co-author: Ulrich Kühn)
  • "The Modernization of the B61 Gravity Bombs and the Problem of Misconceptions." CSDS Analyses. Volume 13, No. 16, 2015, pp.1-7.
  • "The Iranian nuclear deal in the cross section of great power interests." CSDS Analyses. Volume 13, No. 15, 2015, pp.1-25. (co-authors: Zoltán Gálik, Tamás Matura, Erzsébet N. Rózsa, László Póti, Máté Szalai)
  • "Nuclear Arms Control: Implications from the Crisis in Ukraine." NATO Defense College Research Papers. Volume 12, No. 108, 2015, pp.1-12. (co-author: Dániel Bartha)
  • "Nuclear Attitudes in Central Europe." EU Non-Proliferation Papers. Volume 5, No. 42, 2015, pp.1-15. (co-author: Erzsébet N. Rózsa)
  • "Hedging and Strategic Stability." Public Interest Report – The Journal for Science and Security. Volume 67, Issue 1, 2014.
  • "From nuclear weapons to WMD: the history and development of regional 'free zone' arrangements". EU Non-Proliferation Papers. Volume 3, No. 31, 2013, pp.1-19. (co-authors: Harald Müller and Aviv Melamud)
  • "Deeper Reductions in US-Russian Strategic Nuclear Arsenals." Panorama of Global Security Environment 2013 (ed. by Marian Majer and Róbert Ondrejcsák). Bratislava: Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA), 2013, pp.137-155.
  • "Phased Adaptive Approach – Prospects for US-Russian Cooperation in the European Missile Defense System." Panorama of Global Security Environment 2012 (ed. by Marian Majer, Róbert Ondrejcsák and Vladimír Tarasovič). Bratislava: Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA), 2012, pp.169-186.