Danielle Jablanski is a program associate for nuclear policy at the Stanley Foundation. Danielle earned her master of arts degree in international security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, specializing in topics surrounding the geopolitics of the Middle East. Throughout her education, she spent time in multidisciplinary programs in Rwanda, the United Kingdom, Jordan, and Japan. She brings robust analytical and interpersonal skills to the issue area of nuclear policy. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, and has gained valuable experience from previous nonprofit sector and government- relations positions.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
I began my career as program associate for nuclear policy in November 2016. My team has recently shifted focus to avoiding the use of nuclear weapons in an era of rapid technological development by managing or leveraging the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Specifically, I support the program officer along with the organization at large in implementing programming activities that will advance our nuclear policy programming objectives and the foundation’s mission.
What do you like most about your job?
My favorite part about the work I get to do at the foundation is the ability to brainstorm and identify new approaches to filling policy gaps in the policy world, working side by side with crucial collaborators. I believe that a consistent focus on continued learning, research, networking, and relationship cultivation are essential to drive change.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in upstate New York and transplanted to Branson, Missouri, which my immediate family continues to call home. I like to think the mix of New Yorker and Midwesterner in me makes for a charming combination. Nevertheless, I remain a die-hard New York Giants football fan.
What are your hobbies?
Managing my blatant dependence on coffee on a daily basis. A spontaneous road trip now and then. Being happily attached at the hip to my 6-year-old German shepherd/chow mix pup. And a rediscovered love for leisure reading, post-grad school.Nuclear Policy
The use of nuclear weapons is an existential threat to human survival and wellbeing. As the world enters a new a period of rapid technological development, emerging technologies are challenging long-held assumptions and practices—about deterrence, disarmament, and nonproliferation—for how to best avoid the use of nuclear weapons through multilateral cooperation.
If nuclear governance regimes and norms do not become more adaptable to this accelerating pace of change, emerging technologies will disrupt or render obsolete existing institutions that control and mitigate the risks of nuclear weapons.
To reduce this risk of nuclear use, the Stanley Foundation works to help global governance and technology development co-evolve in ways that manage or leverage the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Our efforts focus on:
- Helping establish shared definitions of the risks and opportunities that emerging technologies pose for strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament.
- Informing and support existing nuclear governance institutions as they adapt to be more responsive to the risks of emerging technologies.
- Engendering collective responsibility among stakeholders for managing the disruptive effects of emerging technologies.
- Identifying and promoting innovative ways that emerging technologies can be applied to improve strategic stability, strengthen nonproliferation, and promote disarmament.
Building on the Stanley Foundation’s work on nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation issues over the last six decades, today’s nuclear policy programming draws on our strengths as a convener of key stakeholders, including international organizations, national governments, civil society, and industry. We commission expert analysis in order to encourage innovative policy ideas and actively engage the media on nuclear policy issues.