Paul Lettow

Former Adjunct Senior Fellow.

Former senior director for strategic planning and institutional reform, National Security Council staff. Author of Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Random House, 2005) and the recent Council Special Report Strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime.


U.S. national security policy; nuclear nonproliferation; diplomatic history; structure and process of U.S. national security policymaking.

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