David Santoro

David Santoro
  • David Santoro is a senior fellow for nuclear policy at Pacific Forum CSIS. He specializes in strategic and deterrence issues, as well as nonproliferation and nuclear security, with a regional focus on the Asia Pacific and Europe. Santoro's current interests focus on cross-regional deterrence and assurance issues, especially between Northeast Asia and Europe, and on nonproliferation and nuclear security in Southeast Asia. He also manages the Forum’s track 1.5/2 dialogues. They include U.S.-China strategic nuclear dialogues; U.S.-Japan, U.S.-South Korea, and U.S.-Japan-South Korea extended deterrence dialogues; U.S.-Myanmar nonproliferation and nuclear security dialogues; and Asia-Pacific multilateral meetings on nonproliferation and nuclear security. Before joining Pacific Forum CSIS, Santoro worked on nuclear policy issues in France, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In spring 2010, he was also a visiting research fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, and in 2010-2011, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Santoro is coeditor, with Tanya Ogilvie-White, of Slaying the Nuclear Dragon (University of Georgia Press, 2012) and author of Treating Weapons Proliferation (Palgrave, 2010). His essays have been published in several monograph series and academic journals, such as Nonproliferation Review, Proliferation Papers, and Survival, and his op-eds have appeared in Asia Times, the Bangkok Post, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Japan Times, PacNet, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Santoro holds degrees in languages, literature, history, and international relations and security from various universities, including a Ph.D. from Macquarie University in Sidney, Australia. Follow David Santoro on Twitter @DavidSantoro1.