Rose Gottemoeller

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Rose Gottemoeller is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. She also serves as the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). 

Before joining Stanford, Gottemoeller was the deputy secretary general of NATO from 2016 to 2019, helping to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the under secretary for arms control and international security at the US Department of State, advising the secretary of state on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. As assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance in 2009–10, she was the chief US negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. 

Prior to her government service, Gottemoeller was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008 and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program.  

At Stanford, Gottemoeller will teach and mentor students in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy program and the CISAC Honors program; contribute to policy research and outreach activities; and convene workshops, seminars, and other events relating to her areas of expertise, including nuclear security, Russian relations, the NATO alliance, EU cooperation, and nonproliferation. 

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Analysis and Commentary

The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent Of Second-Strike Vulnerability And Options To Address It

by Rose Gottemoellervia Texas National Security Review
Monday, October 18, 2021

Emerging and disruptive technologies spell an uncertain future for second-strike retaliatory forces. New sensors and big data analysis may render mobile missiles and submarines vulnerable to detection. I call this development the “standstill conundrum”: States will no longer be able to assure a nuclear response should they be hit by a nuclear first strike. If the nuclear weapons states can manage this vulnerability, however, they might be able to escape its worst effects. 


Rose Gottemoeller On Back Story With Dana Lewis

interview with Rose Gottemoellervia BACK STORY with DANA LEWIS
Friday, September 24, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Rose Gottemoeller says American President Joe Biden must rethink a deal which cuts out France and gives highly enriched uranium in nuclear powered submarines to Australia.

Analysis and Commentary

Letter to the Editor: A Better Australia Sub Deal

by Rose Gottemoellervia The New York Times
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Australian-British-U.S. submarine deal may be a brilliant stroke, but it was done without strategic imagination. What was needed was a three-cornered billiard shot — pivot to Asia, yes, but keep our European allies on board and continue the fight against nuclear proliferation.

Analysis and Commentary

China's Nuclear Build-up: The Great Distraction

by Rose Gottemoellervia The Hill
Monday, September 13, 2021

President Biden is reviewing America’s nuclear posture. By January, we should know what he thinks about U.S. nuclear weapons, what policies should govern them and how many we need. Congress is watching closely, and the Senate and House of Representatives are sure to debate the results; they always do.


Rose Gottemoeller: Future Strategy Forum: Emerging Technologies And Nuclear Weapons

interview with Rose Gottemoellervia Smart Women, Smart Power (CSIS)
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Rose Gottemoeller discusses technologies and nuclear weapons.


The Future Of Arms Control, With Rose Gottemoeller

interview with Rose Gottemoellervia Council on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Rose Gottemoeller discusses the efforts to regulate, if not eliminate, nuclear weapons.


Rose Gottemoeller: NATO 2030: A Celebration Of Origins And An Eye Toward The Future

with Rose Gottemoellervia U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Rose Gottemoeller testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on "NATO 2030: A Celebration of Origins and an Eye Toward the Future."

In the News

START Treaty Negotiator Rose Gottemoeller: How To Deal With Russia

mentioning Rose Gottemoellervia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Please join Dr. Gloria Duffy for a conversation with Rose Gottemoeller, on the eve of the first summit meeting between Presidents Biden and Putin. Deputy Secretary General Gottemoeller and Dr. Duffy have worked together on a number of occasions, including on dismantling weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet countries during the Clinton administration.

Analysis and Commentary

I Was The First Woman To Negotiate A Nuclear Arms Deal With The Russians. They Never Let Me Forget It

by Rose Gottemoellervia Politico
Friday, May 21, 2021

In 2009, I became the first woman to negotiate a nuclear arms control deal with Russia. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose me to lead the talks on the treaty that would follow START, I knew that I’d stand out for my gender in the very male world of nuclear diplomacy. But I didn’t know just how much until June 2009.

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International Women's Day @ The Hoover Institution | A Focus On Women In National Security

interview with Condoleezza Rice, Elizabeth Economy, Rose Gottemoeller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Amy Zegartvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, March 9, 2021


To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Director of the Hoover Institution and the 66th Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, hosted a conversation with four of our leading female national security and foreign policy scholars: Elizabeth Economy, Rose Gottemoeller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Amy Zegart on March 8 from 2:15 - 3:30PM PT.