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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, Jacob Nagel

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

15th July 2018 – Quoted by Joby Warrick - The Washington Post

Papers stolen in an Israeli raid on Tehran archive reveal the extent of Iran’s past weapons research

Olli Heinonen

New details from a trove of Iranian nuclear documents stolen by Israeli spies early this year show that Tehran obtained explicit weapons-design information from a foreign source and was on the cusp of mastering key bombmaking technologies when the research was ordered halted 15 years ago. more...

5th July 2018 – Bloomberg

Bloomberg TV

Olli Heinonen

FDD senior advisor on science and nonproliferation Olli Heinonen joined Bloomberg TV to discuss Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang following the Singapore summit. more...

13th June 2018 – NPR

All Things Considered

Olli Heinonen

FDD's Olli Heinonen joins NPR to discuss what it would take to denuclearize North Korea, following the summit held between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. more...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Daniel-Dyland Bohmer - Die Welt

Das gefährliche Spiel des Iran mit roten Linien

Olli Heinonen

Es ist die Zeit des Pokerns. „Wir hoffen, dass ein Scheitern des Deals nicht eintreffen wird, aber technisch bereiten wir uns trotzdem schon vor“, sagte der Chef der iranischen Atombehörde, Ali Akbar Salehi, am Mittwochabend im iranischen Fernsehen. Das Interview wurde live aus der Uran-Anreicherungsanlage in Natans übertragen. more...