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Benjamin Loehrke
Program Officer
Nuclear Policy

Benjamin Loehrke is the policy program officer for nuclear policy at the Stanley Foundation. He previously worked at Ploughshares Fund, an international security foundation, where he designed advocacy strategy and coordinated networks of experts working to promote policies that prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce global nuclear arsenals. His areas of expertise include arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear weapons strategy, Iran’s nuclear program, and defense budgeting.

He earned his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland with a focus on international security and economic policy. Ben is a proud Hoosier and graduate of Indiana University.

His writing has appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Roll Call, and The Huffington Post.

What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?

As the program officer for nuclear security, I am responsible for foundation programming that promotes international cooperation to secure or eliminate nuclear weapons-usable materials. Along with substantive expertise, I bring to this effort my experience in advocacy strategy design and coalition management. I joined the Stanley Foundation in April 2016.

What do you like most about your job?

I believe that influencing policy change requires collaboration, coalition building, and bringing together diverse perspectives and capabilities toward shared goals. The Stanley Foundation’s unique vision and position in the field provide a strong platform for such efforts. It grants me the opportunity to work with brilliant and talented people. And hopefully make the world a little bit safer.

Where are you from?

I’m from a small town in northern Indiana, a place far removed from conversations about international security policy. But I have found that a lot of folks in this field also hail from the Midwest. Our humble sensibilities can be a real asset, so long as we can set aside college rivalries (Go Hoosiers!).

What are your hobbies?

Being a lifelong Cubs fan really helps develop your physical and emotional endurance. I put those to good use as a distance runner and triathlete. I also enjoy long hikes and backpacking whenever I can escape to the woods. I fuel these hobbies with as much interesting food as I can find or cook.

Select Publications

Philanthropy as the Backbone for Collective Impact
Stanford Social Innovation Review

“A Nuke by Any Other Name
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

"Chain Reaction: How the Media Misread the IAEA’s Report on Iran"
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

"The Avengers’ Nuclear Villain"
The Huffington Post

Nuclear Policy

The accelerating pace of technology development is creating promising opportunities and significant risks for global efforts to halt the spread and avoid the use of nuclear weapons.

Whether promoting the use of earth imaging technology to enhance nonproliferation or understanding the cybersecurity of nuclear weapons systems, traditional nuclear policy stakeholders face an array of challenges for staying responsive to technology change. Advancing solutions to such challenges increasingly requires new stakeholders—including private industry and civil society—to play more active roles in governance.

Current Work

The Stanley Foundation’s nuclear policy programming aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of global efforts to halt the spread and avoid the use of nuclear weapons by advancing governance solutions that manage or leverage disruptive technologies. Our efforts focus on:

  • Developing stakeholder understanding and awareness of the risks that emerging technologies pose.
  • Identifying and promoting innovative ways that emerging technologies can be applied.
  • Informing and supporting nuclear governance institutions as stakeholders adapt to the implications of emerging technologies.
  • Advancing solutions that involve stakeholders at all levels in the management of emerging technologies.

Contact Ben Loehrke for more information.