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Richard M. Nephew

Richard M. Nephew

Columbia University, SIPA
Program Director, Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets, Center on Global Energy Policy
New York, NY, USA


Richard Nephew is a Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs.  He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  He assumed both of those roles in February 2015. 

Prior to then, he served as Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State, a position he held since February 2013.  Nephew also served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, starting with the private channel talks in August 2013.

From May 2011 to January 2013, Nephew served as the Director for Iran on the National Security Staff where he was responsible for managing a period of intense expansion of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Earlier in his career he served in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department and in the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at the Department of Energy.

Nephew holds a Masters in Security Policy Studies and a Bachelors in International Affairs, both from The George Washington University.  He is married with three children.

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