Lynn Rusten

Senior Advisor, Global Nuclear Policy Program

Lynn Rusten is a Senior Advisor to NTI's Global Nuclear Policy Program. She has held senior positions in the White House, Department of State and Congress, bringing deep expertise in nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and national security policy.

Before joining NTI, Rusten served as the senior director for arms control and nonproliferation on the White House National Security Council staff and held positions at the Department of State including chief of staff for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and senior advisor in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC).  In this capacity in AVC, she led the interagency backstopping process supporting the negotiation and ratification of the New START Treaty.  

In 2009, Rusten was a consultant at NTI. From 2003-2008, she was a senior professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, handling a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues. She previously served in a variety of positions in the Department of State and at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA).

Earlier in her career, Rusten served as the director of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on International Security and Arms Control. She also was a senior research assistant in international affairs at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

Rusten received an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College; an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan; and a B.A. in Government with High Honors from Oberlin College. 


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