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Christopher A. Ford

Christopher A. Ford, a former New Atlantis contributing editor, is the senior director for weapons of mass destruction and counterproliferation on the U.S. National Security Council. He is also the proprietor of the website New Paradigms Forum.

He previously worked in various positions on Capitol Hill, including as Chief Legislative Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Before that he served in the executive branch as U.S. Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament verification and compliance policy, and as a reserve intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.

He is also a former senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he directed the Center for Technology and Global Security.

Mr. Ford is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School.

In The New Atlantis

The Trouble with Cyber Arms Control

Number 29 ~ Fall 2010

Why Not Nuclear Disarmament?

Number 27 ~ Spring 2010

Test Ban Treaty, Take Two

Number 25 ~ Summer 2009


  • China Looks at the West: Identity, Global Ambitions, and the Future of Sino-American Relations (University Press of Kentucky, 2015)
  • The Mind of Empire: China's History and Modern Foreign Relations (The University Press of Kentucky, 2010)
  • The Admirals Advantage: U.S. Navy Operational Intelligence in World War II and the Cold War (US Naval Institute Press, 2005)