David Santoro

Thomas M. Sanderson
  • David Santoro is a senior fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS, where he specializes in nonproliferation and nuclear security, disarmament, arms control, and deterrence issues, with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. His current research interests focus on two main areas: nonproliferation and nuclear security in Southeast Asia; and extended deterrence/assurance and strategic stability in Northeast Asia, its similarities and differences with the European theater, and the opportunities and challenges to build/strengthen coordination and cooperation among U.S. allies from the two regions. Santoro also manages the Forum's nuclear track-1.5/2 dialogues and programs. They include U.S.-China strategic nuclear dialogues; U.S.-Japan, U.S.-South Korea, U.S.-Japan-South Korea extended deterrence/assurance dialogues; a U.S.-Myanmar nonproliferation and nuclear security dialogue; and a range of Asia-Pacific multilateral meetings on nonproliferation, nuclear security/safety, and strategic trade controls.

    Before joining the Pacific Forum CSIS, Santoro worked on nuclear policy issues in France, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In the spring of 2010, he was also a visiting research fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation and, during the 2010–2011 academic year, 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: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century (University of Georgia Press, 2012) and author of Treating Weapons Proliferation: An Oncological Approach to Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Technology (Palgrave, 2010). His essays have been published in several leading foreign policy monograph series and journals, such as the Nonproliferation Review, Proliferation Papers, and Survival, and his op-eds and commentaries have appeared in Asia Times, the Bangkok Post, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Diplomat, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 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 Sydney, Australia.