James Timbie

Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
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As senior advisor at the State Department from 1983 to 2016, James P. Timbie played a central role in the negotiation of the INF and START nuclear arms reductions agreements, the purchase from Russia of enriched uranium extracted from dismantled nuclear weapons for use as fuel to produce electricity in the United States, and the establishment of an international enriched uranium fuel bank.  Most recently he was the lead U.S. expert in the negotiation of the nuclear agreement with Iran.  He retired from the State Department in 2016.

He has a PhD in physics from Stanford University, and from 1971 to 1983 was a scientist at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

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From the Conveners

Letter From the Conveners: Russia In An Emerging New World

by George P. Shultz, James Timbievia Governance In An Emerging New World
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dramatic changes are afoot. The future will not be like the past.  Demographic changes and migration are having a profound effect as the workforces of some countries age and shrink, while others expand. The Project on Governance in an Emerging New World aims to understand these changes and inform strategies that both address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by these dramatic transformations.  We will explore the implications for our democracy, our economy, and our national security, and for other countries.


Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance

by George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, James Timbievia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In Beyond Disruption: Technology’s Challenge to Governance, George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie present views from some of the country's top experts in the sciences, humanities, and military that scrutinize the rise of post-millennium technologies in today’s global society.

Controls on Nuclear Weapons and Fuel: Part 1

with James Timbie, George P. Shultz, Robert Einhorn, Matthew Bunnvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Controls on Nuclear Weapons and Fuel: Part 1, the second session from the Hoover Institution's Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons conference. This event features discussants James Timbie, Robert Einhorn and Matthew Bunn. (1:47:33)