Location: New York
Richard Nephew is Horizon’s senior analyst and a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. He focuses on US government policy and relations with key states. His main area of expertise is US sanctions policy, in particular with regard to Iran and Russia.
From 2013-2015, Richard served as principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the State Department. He also served as the lead sanctions expert for the US team negotiating with Iran.
From 2011-2013, Richard served as the director for Iran on the National Security Staff, where he was responsible for managing a period of intense expansion of US sanctions on Iran.
From 2006-2011, he served in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department, first as the senior Iran nuclear officer and, starting in 2008, as the Middle East team chief. In this capacity, he developed the US approach to negotiations with Iran as well as the US sanctions strategy at the UN Security Council. He was part of the teams that developed and negotiated UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1737, 1747, 1803 and 1929.
From 2003-2006, Richard served at the Department of Energy (DOE), first as a nonproliferation graduate fellow from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and, after 2004, as a special assistant for nonproliferation policy. While at the DOE, he participated in the dismantlement of Libya’s nuclear weapons program, as well as policymaking to address US interests with respect to Iran, North Korea and India.
Richard is the recipient of several awards from the State Department and DOE, including the Secretary of State’s Award for Excellence in International Security in 2010 for his work on UNSCR 1929.
Richard is the author of The Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field (2018).
He holds a master’s degree in security policy studies and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, both from George Washington University.