Nuclear Policy Studies


The George Washington University and members of the Institute for Nuclear Studies are committed to furthering the study of the nuclear fuel cycle by incorporating both science and policy into discussions surrounding nuclear issues. Situated so close to the locus of federal power, the department of Nuclear Policy Studies has the unique opportunity to educate both present and future policymakers on the unique challenges posed by nuclear technology. To this effect, George Washington University offers classes discussing nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear weapons to both science and non-science majors alike.

Prior to his work at the Elliott School, Nuclear Policy Studies member Dr. Douglas Shaw joined the White House Office of Presidential Personnel the day after the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton and held appointments in both Clinton Administrations. At the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he was commended by the President for his involvement with the successful global diplomatic campaign to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Subsequently, Dr. Shaw worked at the U.S. Department of Energy where he received a Meritorious Service Award for "significant improvements of safeguards and security of tons of weapons usable nuclear materials" in Ukraine.

Dr. Shaw holds B.S.F.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown University in international relations and security studies. He has lectured on nuclear nonproliferation on four continents in venues including the Organization of American States and Harvard University.