Christine Parthemore, Adjunct Faculty
Christine Parthemore is a founding board member of the Council on Strategic Risks and the founder of CLP Global, LLC, launched in 2015 to provide private consulting and research on international affairs. Her current work covers issues in countering weapons of mass destruction, arms control and disarmament, nuclear energy, and the security implications of climate change. Parthemore lived in Tokyo in 2016 as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan, conducting research on nuclear energy export trends from the Institute of Energy Economics-Japan.
Previously, Parthemore served as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs in the U.S. Department of Defense. In that capacity, she advised and assisted in managing more than $3 billion per year in research and development, acquisition, treaty compliance, and international partnership programs. She managed major projects focused on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, including a multi-year effort contributing to the international mission to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.
Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Parthemore was a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. At CNAS, she directed a program to analyze national security and foreign policy issues related to energy and environmental systems. Her work at CNAS focused heavily on nuclear energy, climate change, energy geopolitics, and natural resource monopolies. Before joining CNAS, she contributed to two best-selling nonfiction books as a researcher for journalist Bob Woodward.
Parthemore’s academic background lies in international political economy and unconventional threats/nonproliferation. She is the author or coauthor of dozens of reports, articles, and commentaries; and has testified before Congress and lectured at universities in the United States, Vietnam, and China. Most recently, she authored an article entitled “Technology in Context: Lessons from the Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction,” in The Nonproliferation Review. In addition, she has a chapter in Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Global Climate Change, (Washington: Brookings Institution, 2008).
She has a B.S. from The Ohio State University and M.A. from Georgetown University.