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Michael S. Gerson


Michael S. Gerson is an independent consultant in Atlanta, Georgia. He was previously a division lead, project director, and senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, where his research focused on nuclear and conventional deterrence, nuclear strategy, and arms control. From 2011–2012 he was appointed to the office of the secretary of defense and in 2009–2010 he was a staff member on the Nuclear Posture Review. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on nuclear issues, co-chaired a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)-funded commission on the future of US-Russia nuclear arms control, and served as a committee member of a CSIS-funded commission on US-China nuclear relations.

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Getting to the Table

by Michael S. Gersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The prospects and challenges for arms control with China.

China: The War That Must Never Be Fought

by Michael S. Gerson, Li Binvia Analysis
Thursday, March 12, 2015

In many ways, China may well be the key to reducing reliance on nuclear deterrence and to creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.