The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleThe Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

Thomas Graham

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.

Fellow, Global Security Program


Expertise: International Arms Control and Treaty Negotiations


AB, 1955, Princeton University

JD, 1961, Harvard Law School


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Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Lightbridge Corporation, a company which holds patents on new types of nuclear power fuel and which is located in McLean, Virginia.  Lightbridge Corporation is a U.S. company listed on the NASDAQ, which has conducted its research and development work at the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow.


In December of 2009, Ambassador Graham was appointed to the United Arab Emirates’ International Advisory Board, helping to guide that country’s nuclear energy program and hold it to the highest standards of safety, security, and non-proliferation. Ambassador Graham is also Chairman of the Board of CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada, an uranium exploration company.


Internationally known as one of the leading authorities in the field of international arms control and non-proliferation agreements, Ambassador Graham served as a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement in which the United States was involved during the period 1970-1997. This includes:

  • Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (the Interim Agreement on Strategic Offensive Arms, the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty and the SALT II Treaty),
  • Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (the START I Treaty and the START II Treaty)
  • Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty extension
  • Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty
  • Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty


Ambassador Graham also worked on the negotiation of the Chemical Weapon Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention. He drafted the implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention and managed the Senate approval of the ratification of the Geneva Protocol, banning the use in war of chemical and biological weapons.

Ambassador Graham received an A.B. in 1955 from Princeton University and a J.D. in 1961 from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Kentucky, the District of Columbia and the New York Bars and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He chaired the Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament of the American Bar Association from 1986-1994. Ambassador Graham received the Trainor Award for Distinction in Diplomacy from Georgetown University in 1995.  On May 2, 2007 Ambassador Graham received the 2006 World Order Under Law Award of the International Section of the American Bar Association.  He twice received the Distinguished Honor Award, twice the Superior Honor Award and the Meritorious Honor Award from the US Arms Control Disarmament Agency (ACDA).  He also received the Meritorious Honor Award from the Department of State.


Selected Publications:

Endless CrisisNational Security Policy after 9/11, is planned for publication in May 2012.


Preventing Catastrophe: The Use and Misuse of Intelligence in Efforts to Halt the Proliferation and Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, with Keith Hansen, 2009, Stanford University Press.

“123 Agreement for Nuclear Energy in the UAE: An Unprecedented and Responsible Step.” The Huffington Post, 2009.

“Nuclear Testing and Proliferation – An Inextricable Connection,” Disarmament Diplomacy, No. 91, 2009.

Spy Satellites and Other Technologies that Have Changed the Course of History, with Keith Hansen, 2007, University of Washington Press. 

Common Sense on Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2004, University of Washington Press.

Cornerstones of Security: Arms Control and International Law in a Nuclear Era, with Damien LaVera, 2003.

Disarmament Sketches: Three Decades of Arms Control and International Law, University of Washington Press, 2002.