Potter, William

Potter, William

Monterey, USA
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Professor, Director
nuclear terrorism,
Russia-US relations,
NPT review process,
NAM nuclear politics

Born on July 8, 1947.

In 1969, William Potter earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), USA. Later, he entered the University of Michigan, USA, where in 1976 he received a doctorate in Political Sciences specializing on Soviet Studies. He was an advisor to the delegation of Kyrgyzstan to the NPT Review Conference (1995). Since 1995, he has participated as a delegate in the work of the NPT Review Conferences and the Preparatory Committees. In 1999–2003, he was a member of the UN Secretary–General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and the Board of Trustees of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. He was a consultant to the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), RAND Corporation and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), USA. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), USA, and several committees of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), including the Nonproliferation Group. He is the Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, USA, and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), USA.

PIR Center Advisory Board Member since 2014.


  • Potter W., Mukhatzhanova G. Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement. New York: Routledge, 2012. — 192 p.
  • Potter W., Sands A. The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism. New York: Routledge, 2005. — 376 p. 
  • Potter W., Sokov N., Müller H., Schaper A. Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Options for Control. Geneva: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, 2000. — 84 p.
  • Potter W., Cohen E., Kayukov E. Nuclear Profiles of the Soviet Successor States. Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1993. — 204 p.
  • Potter W. Soviet Decisionmaking for Chernobyl: An Analysis of System Performance and Policy Change. National Council for Soviet and East European Research, 1990. — 124 p.
  • Potter W. Nuclear power and nonproliferation: an interdisciplinary perspective. Cambridge: Oelgeschlager, Gunn and Hain, Publishers, Inc, 1982. — 295 p.

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