Dr. Stanley Riveles

Stanely RivelesDr. Stanley Riveles joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a Consultant in November 2006 following a 30 year career in the Department of State, mainly in the field of arms control and national security.

From 1994-2000, as Commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission (SCC), Dr. Riveles was the United States chief ABM Treaty negotiator. President Clinton appointed him in December 1994, and he was nominated for Rank of Ambassador. To update the ABM Treaty following the demise of the Soviet Union, Dr. Riveles successfully crafted agreements to bring Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine (in addition to Russia) into the Treaty as new parties. The agreements also permitted the U.S. to develop and deploy new anti-ballistic missile systems to counter new missile threats. These agreements were signed for the U.S. by Secretary of State Albright and Dr. Riveles in September 1997.

His last assignment in the State Department was as Director of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center that provides communications support for over 15 international arms control agreements and treaties. From 2001-2006, he worked for the Secretary of State's Science and Technology Adviser, where he developed initiatives for international cooperation in counter-terrorism and critical infrastructure protection. During this time, he was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security Domestic Nuclear Detection Organization (DNDO). In 2000-2001, Dr. Riveles taught International Relations on the faculty of the National War College.

Since joining the Institute for Defense Analyses, Dr. Riveles has worked on projects dealing with stability on the African continent and Islamic fundamentalism. He is co-author of the IDA studies Sudan: Integration versus Fragmentation and Illicit Trade and Terrorism - Implications for National Security Priorities (both forthcoming). He has contributed to studies on AFRICOM's relations with the states of Africa; stability in Kenya; and strategic communications policy in countering Salafi Jihadism.

Dr. Riveles has a long association with strategic policy and negotiations as an arms control official. During 1993, he was Executive Assistant to the Acting Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). From 1987 until March 1995, he was a division chief in the Bureau of Strategic and Eurasian Affairs. During his tenure, he chaired the Interagency Committees that supported the successful INF and START Treaty negotiations.

Between 1982 and 1987, he was ACDA Member of the INF and START Delegations. He served on the INF delegation under Ambassadors Paul Nitze and Maynard Glitman and on START under Ambassadors Max Kampelman, Ron Lehman, and Richard Burt. Before entering government, Dr. Riveles taught international relations at Munich University and the University of Southern California. He was also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

He is a native of Plainfield, New Jersey. He has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science. His B.A. (Yale, Magna Cum Laude) and M.A. (Cambridge University, England) are in Slavic languages, Russian and Czech. He is married and has two children. He played varsity football at Yale and was a heavyweight boxer.

Last updated on September 10, 2014