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Olli Heinonen

Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation

Biography:

Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and head of its Department of Safeguards, Dr. Heinonen is a Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Heinonen is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teachings include: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organizations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Before joining the Belfer Center in September 2010, Dr. Heinonen served 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Heinonen was the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards. Prior to that, he was Director at the Agency’s various Operational Divisions, and as inspector including at the IAEA’s overseas office in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to joining IAEA, he was a Senior Research Officer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland Reactor Laboratory in charge of research and development related to nuclear waste solidification and disposal.

He is co-author of several patents on radioactive waste solidification. Called on to provide analysis of the most important global nonproliferation challenges, his writings and interviews have be published in various newspapers and magazines including: Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Helsingin Sanomat, The New York Times, Mehr News Agency, Stern, Haaretz, New Statesman, The Washington Post, BBC, and Time. His policy briefings have been published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Belfer Center, Atlantic Council, Nautilus Institute, Institute for Science and International Security, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Carnegie Endowment.

Dr. Heinonen is a member of the non-partisan Iran Task Force.

Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and head of its Department of Safeguards, Dr. Heinonen is a Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Heinonen is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teachings include: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organizations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Before joining the Belfer Center in September 2010, Dr. Heinonen served 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Heinonen was the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards. Prior to that, he was Director at the Agency’s various Operational Divisions, and as inspector including at the IAEA’s overseas office in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to joining IAEA, he was a Senior Research Officer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland Reactor Laboratory in charge of research and development related to nuclear waste solidification and disposal.

He is co-author of several patents on radioactive waste solidification. Called on to provide analysis of the most important global nonproliferation challenges, his writings and interviews have be published in various newspapers and magazines including: Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Helsingin Sanomat, The New York Times, Mehr News Agency, Stern, Haaretz, New Statesman, The Washington Post, BBC, and Time. His policy briefings have been published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Belfer Center, Atlantic Council, Nautilus Institute, Institute for Science and International Security, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Carnegie Endowment.

Dr. Heinonen is a member of the non-partisan Iran Task Force. 

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

21st May 2018 – Co-authored by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Prof. Jacob Nagel - FDD Research Memo

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Although the United States is withdrawing from the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) retains both the right and the obligation to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. more...

Analysis & Commentary

23rd May 2018 – Quoted by Radio Farda

What Is Wrong With JCPOA? Former IAEA Official Explains

Olli Heinonen

A former senior official of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes that the problem with JCPOA is that it does not call for inspection of Iran’s military facilities. more...

21st May 2018 – Co-authored by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Prof. Jacob Nagel - FDD Research Memo

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Although the United States is withdrawing from the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) retains both the right and the obligation to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. more...

21st May 2018 – Quoted by Gregory Hellman - Politico

Politico Morning Defense

Olli Heinonen

Wall-to-wall NDAA action ahead more...

15th May 2018 – Quoted by Tom Davidson - Mirror

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over South Korea-US military drills

Olli Heinonen

North Korea has threatened to cancel the much anticipated Trump-Kim summit over the South Korea-US military drills. more...