Steve Andreasen

National Security Consultant

Steve Andreasen is a national security consultant to the Nuclear Threat Initiative and its Nuclear Security Project in Washington, D.C., and teaches courses on National Security Policy and Crisis Management in Foreign Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

He served as director for defense policy and arms control on the U.S. National Security Council at the White House from February 1993 to January 2001. He was the principal advisor on strategic policy, nuclear arms control and missile defense to the National Security Advisor and the President. During the Bush Sr. and Reagan Administrations, Andreasen served in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, dealing with a wide-range of defense policy, arms control, nuclear weapons and intelligence issues.

As a presidential management fellow, he served as a special assistant to Ambassador Paul H. Nitze in the U.S. State Department, focusing on the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, and as a foreign policy and defense legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Jr. Andreasen received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1984 and graduated with an M.A. from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in 1986.

In 2002, Andreasen was the Democratic candidate for Congress in Minnesota's first Congressional District.

His articles and opinion pieces have been published in Foreign Affairs, Survival, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Politico, Arms Control Today, Strategic Survey, In the National Interest and the Guardian.

 

Analysis

Building A Safe, Secure, and Credible NATO Nuclear Posture

Building a Safe, Secure, and Credible NATO Nuclear Posture addresses the security risks, credibility, and financial and political costs of maintaining NATO’s current nuclear posture, including forward-deployed U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe. The report urges U.S. and NATO leaders to re-evaluate whether storing nuclear weapons at multiple sites across multiple countries makes sense in light of today’s threats and escalating costs—and, importantly, whether the weapons are still required elements of NATO defense policy.

A Roadmap for America’s Nuclear Policy and Posture

To coincide with a Bloomberg View op-ed published today by Ernest J. Moniz and Sam Nunn, NTI published six related policy papers that together provide an alternative vision and roadmap for America’s nuclear policy and posture and a template for Congress and the American people to evaluate the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

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Projects

Nunn and Singapore Foreign Minister

Regional Leadership Networks to Reduce Nuclear Risk

Hundreds of leaders and highly respected experts from across five continents are members of NTI-sponsored regional networks dedicated to generating global momentum for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons and the risks they pose.
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Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region

A Track II dialogue among distinguished former senior political leaders, senior military officers, defense officials, and security experts from Europe, Russia, and the United States
Younger Gen Task Force

Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security

Launched in 2014, the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) is a project aimed at fostering dialogue and understanding among emerging leaders from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and Europe in order to rebuild trust and offer fresh ideas on how to improve the Euro-Atlantic security environment.
Former Senator Sam Nunn, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.

Nuclear Security Project

The Nuclear Security Project is an effort led by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, and former Senator Sam Nunn to galvanize global support for and action on the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and the steps to get there.
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Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG)

The Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG) operates as an independent and informal initiative, with participants who reflect the diversity of the Euro-Atlantic region from the United States, Canada, Russia, and fifteen European countries.
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Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Study Group

NTI’s Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Study Group is examining the implications of cyber threats to nuclear weapons and related systems and is working to develop a set of options for our nuclear policies, postures, and doctrines that will reduce risks.