Dr. Ryan Snyder is a Visiting Fellow at the IFSH. He was previously a researcher with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, a visiting fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C., and a postdoctoral research associate with the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. He has also been an adjunct lecturer in physics at American University and a Fellow for Energy Studies at the Federation of American Scientists, both based in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in physics from Kenyon College.
Ryan Snyder contributes to the “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” project at IFSH. He works on several areas related to nuclear proliferation and arms control. His research focuses on the lethality of conventional weapons, particularly precision-guided munitions, against strategic targets, with an additional focus on the stability and proliferation implications of these evolving capabilities. He also works on the proliferation and broader U.S foreign policy implications from the growing accessibility of nuclear fuel cycle technologies, particularly laser uranium enrichment technology, and on the technical basis for future choices facing the United States regarding its nuclear arsenal. He has also published papers and reports about the future proliferation and security dynamics in the Middle East due to the future of Iran’s nuclear program and on arrangements to verify the absence of nuclear weapons and secure and dispose of fissile materials within the weapons complexes of nuclear-weapon states.