Mitchell B. Reiss

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), International Security Program
Associated Programs: International Security Program

Mitchell Reiss is president of Washington College and a senior associate of the CSIS International Security Program. Previously, he was dean of international relations, director of the Reves Center for International Studies, and professor of law at the College of William & Mary. Prior to joining William & Mary, Reiss helped start KEDO (the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization), a multinational organization dealing with North Korea. His government service includes work as special assistant to the national security adviser at the White House and consultant to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the State Department, the Congressional Research Service, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Reiss has been a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and worked as an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1995) and Without the Bomb: The Politics of Nuclear Nonproliferation (Columbia University Press, 1988), and he has authored over 50 articles on international security and arms control issues. He has testified before Congress on U.S. foreign policy issues, appeared on national and international radio and television programs, and delivered talks before academic, military, and civilian audiences in East Asia, the former Soviet Union, Europe, South Asia, and the United States. He holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.A.L.D. from Tufts University, a Ph.D. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Columbia University.

Contact Information
Email: reiss [at]
Tel: (757) 221-3590