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Turpen,  Elizabeth 

Full Name:  Turpen,  Elizabeth 
Program Name: National Security
Title: Adjunct Senior Fellow for Task Forces
Phone Number: 202-546-3300


Libby Turpen, a native of Albuquerque, NM, is a recognized expert in the nonproliferation policy and threat reduction community.

From 2009 to 2012 she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where she provided policy and technical expertise to the nonproliferation programs at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). From 2001 - 2009, Libby was a Senior Associate at the Stimson Center where she co-directed the Cooperative Nonproliferation Program (now “Managing Across Boundaries”) and directed the Security for New Century program.  In 2008-2009, Dr. Turpen spearheaded the Stimson Task Force and was primary author of the report Leveraging Science for Security: A Strategy for the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories in the 21st Century.

Prior to joining Stimson, Dr. Turpen served in the Office of Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) as a legislative assistant responsible for defense appropriations, nuclear weapons and nonproliferation policy. She currently serves on an advisory board for Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Global and Regional Solutions Directorate as well as its Nonproliferation and International Security Department.

Dr. Turpen has taught courses on Science and Public Policy at Georgetown University and New Proliferation Challenges at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. She has published several books, reports and articles on proliferation, stockpile stewardship and science, technology and security issues.  She is fluent in German, having studied international politics and economics at Cologne University as a graduate student, and holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Select Publications:

  • Elizabeth Turpen, “Global Lockdown: Moving the Needle on Nuclear Security” (Stanley Foundation, November 2010).
  • Elizabeth Turpen, “Sustainable Nuclear Security: A Holistic Approach To Address Risk Convergence,” Journal of Threat Convergence (Fund For Peace, 2010).
  • Elizabeth Turpen, “Achieving Nonproliferation Goals: Moving From Denial To Technology Governance” (Stanley Foundation, June 2009).
  • Elizabeth Turpen, Leveraging Science for Security: A Strategy for the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories in the 21st Century (Stimson, 2009).
  • Elizabeth Turpen, Brian Finlay and Rita Grossman-Vermaas, Old Plagues, New Threats: The Biotech Revolution and its Impact on National Security (Stimson, 2008).
  • Elizabeth Turpen and Brian Finlay, Cooperative Nonproliferation: Getting Further, Faster (Stimson, 2007).
  • Elizabeth Turpen, “Cooperative Threat Reduction: Moving Beyond State Intent” The Search for WMD: Non-Proliferation, Intelligence and Pre-emption in the New Security Environment  (Dalhousie University, 2006).