Christine Parthemore

Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Strategic Risks

Christine Parthemore has deep experience addressing issues ranging from the security implications of climate change to countering weapons of mass destruction, including in the U.S. Department of Defense, security think tanks, and academia. She is CEO of The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR), director of CSR’s Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons and manager of CSR’s Climate-Nuclear-Security Project.

Parthemore's current work covers issues in countering weapons of mass destruction, arms control and disarmament, innovation and technology trends in national security, and the security implications of climate change. She has been an adjunct professor in the Global Security Studies program at Johns Hopkins University since 2010. In 2016 she was a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow in Tokyo, where she researched Japan’s approach to international civil nuclear cooperation. Prior, she served as the senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs in the U.S. Department of Defense, an office that managed more than $3 billion per year in research and development, acquisition, treaty compliance, and international partnership programs.

Parthemore has worked at various think tanks, including as a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where she worked on one of the first programs dedicated to analysis of the security implications of climate change. She has contributed to two best-selling nonfiction books, testified before Congress, and lectured at universities in the United States, Vietnam, and China. She holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Georgetown.