Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Adjunct Lecturer

Background and Education

Bruce MacDonald is senior director of the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Project with the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. In this capacity, he leads USIP’s efforts on nuclear, nonproliferation, space and cyber issues. MacDonald serves as the lead instructor of 21st Century Issues in Strategic Arms Control and Nonproliferation, a series of courses for the USIPAcademy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, and directs USIP’s study of Crisis Stability in Space. He is also an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Previously, he served as senior director of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, a bipartisan body headed by former Defense Secretaries William Perry and James Schlesinger. Prior to joining USIP, he was the project leader for the Council on Foreign Relations’ study of China, Space Weapons, and U.S. Security, published in 2008.

MacDonald was assistant director for national security at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served on the National Security Council staff. He was a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee and served in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, where he chaired the Interagency Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (START) Working Group and served on the U.S. START delegation in Geneva.

MacDonald is an honors graduate in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He also received two masters degrees from Princeton, one in aerospace engineering with a specialty in rocket propulsion, and the second in public and international affairs. MacDonald is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Japan * China * France * Ireland * Russian Federation * Iran * North Korea

Issue Areas: 

Negotiation and Diplomacy * Science Technology and Peacebuilding * WMD Nonproliferation and Arms Control * Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

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