Christine Parthemore is a Fellow at the Center for American Progress. She is also the founder of CLP Global LLC, launched in 2015 to provide private consulting and research on international affairs, and serves as a senior research and policy fellow at the Center for Climate and Security. Since 2010, she has been an adjunct professor in the Global Security Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, teaching a graduate-level course on energy and environmental security.
She served as the senior advisor to the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs in the U.S. Department of Defense from 2011 to 2015. In that capacity, she advised and assisted in managing more than $3 billion per year in research and development, acquisition, treaty compliance, and international partnership programs. She managed major projects focused on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, including a multiyear effort contributing to the international mission to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Defense, Parthemore was a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, or CNAS, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. At CNAS, she directed a program to analyze national security and foreign policy issues related to energy and environmental systems. Her work at CNAS focused heavily on nuclear energy, climate change, energy geopolitics, and natural resource monopolies. She is the author or co-author of dozens of reports, articles, and commentaries and has testified before Congress and lectured at universities in the United States, Vietnam, and China. Parthemore co-authored a chapter in the 2008 book Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Global Climate Change. Before joining CNAS, she contributed to two best-selling nonfiction books as a researcher for journalist Bob Woodward. Her academic background lies in international political economy and unconventional threats and nonproliferation, with degrees from The Ohio State University and Georgetown University.