Jonathan B. Tucker

Jonathan Tucker (by Link Nicoll)
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Jonathan Brin Tucker, a New Atlantis contributor, was an expert in arms control and nonproliferation policy, specializing in chemical and biological weapons. He served in the U.S. government in several capacities, including as a biological-weapons inspector in Iraq in the 1990s. He also worked at several think tanks and advocacy groups, including the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Mr. Tucker studied biology as an undergraduate at Yale, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T. He was the author of three books and the editor of three others. He also wrote and edited many articles and reports, both for expert and lay readers.

“By many accounts,” said his obituary in the Washington Post, “Dr. Tucker possessed a scientist’s probing mind and a policy wonk’s fluency on national security issues. These traits earned him a trusted reputation on Capitol Hill and made him a key source to journalists seeking a credible opinion on biological and chemical weapons.”

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