Philip Taubman

Author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb Consulting Professor at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation

At the Brink: Nuclear Threats Past, Present, and Future

About the Speaker

Philip Taubman, former Moscow and Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, will talk about today’s acute nuclear dangers, including Pakistan, North Korea and Iran and the possibility of a nuclear 9/11. He will describe how we got here and where we may be headed next in the nuclear realm, including the prospects for abolishing nuclear weapons. Taubman is the author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb. The book examines the joint effort of George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, Bill Perry, Sam Nunn and Sid Drell to reduce nuclear threats and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons. The New York Times Book Review called The Partnership “Haunting and fascinating…an important public service.”

Philip Taubman is a consulting professor at CISAC at Stanford University. Before joining CISAC in fall 2008, Mr. Taubman worked at the New York Times as a reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, specializing in national security issues, including intelligence and defense policies and operations. At the Times, Taubman served as a Washington correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, deputy editorial page editor, Washington bureau chief and associate editor.

Taubman also serves as Stanford associate vice president for university affairs, working on special projects for Stanford's president, John Hennessy.

Taubman was a history major at Stanford, Class of 1970, and served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily in 1969. Before joining the New York Times, he worked as a correspondent for Time magazine and was sports editor of Esquire. He was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees, 1978-1982. He is author of Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage. (Simon & Schuster, 2003.) Taubman is married to Felicity Barringer, the national environmental correspondent of the New York Times and a fellow Stanford graduate, Class of 1971.