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Updated: Apr 30, 2013

Robert Shaw

Research Associate and Export Control Instructor

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Robert Shaw is Research Associate and Export Control Instructor with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is also an adjunct professor for the Monterey Institute, co-teaching a graduate course on strategic trade controls and nonproliferation.

Areas of Research

  • Industry compliance and nonproliferation export controls
  • US export control reform
  • National export control systems and international cooperation
  • Private sector/government cooperation in global nonproliferation efforts
  • Illicit WMD-related procurement networks


Prior to joining CNS in 2010, Robert spent over a decade working in Toshiba America, Inc.'s Procurement & Export Division, specializing in export control compliance and international procurement. He has applied his private-sector experience to research and articles examining the role of industry in global nonproliferation and export control efforts, the challenge of illicit WMD-related procurement networks, and reform of the US export control system. He has been invited to share an industry practitioner's view at multiple nonproliferation forums, including events organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the US Department of State's Office of Export Control Cooperation, and the University of Georgia's Center for International Trade and Security.

Robert has also served as an International Trade Officer with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.


  • MA, International Studies, University of South Carolina
  • BA, Journalism and Foreign Service, Baylor University
  • Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies, MIIS

Featured Publications

  • "Strategic Trade Controls in Asia: Learning by Example" with Stephanie Lieggi, Global Asia, Spring 2012
  • "WMD Nonproliferation: The Hidden 'Polar Star' of U.S. Export Control Reform?" Nuclear Threat Initiative (, December 11, 2011
  • "Taking Control: Stopping North Korean WMD-related Procurement" with Stephanie Lieggi and Masako Toki, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Feature, September/October 2010
  • "North Korea and Myanmar: A Match for Nuclear Proliferation?" with Catherine Boye and Melissa Hanham, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Analysis, September 27, 2010
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