Dr Rebecca Johnson

Executive Director
Dr Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of the Acronym Institute

Dr Rebecca Johnson is an internationally-recognized expert on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, with more than 30 years experience in the field.  In addition to directing the Acronym Institute, she is Co-Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), and member of the women’s advisory group for the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA),  among other hats.   She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an MA from London University’s School  of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a B.Sc. from Bristol University.  Dr Johnson has written many reports, articles and book chapters on security, disarmament, diplomacy and civil society, including the nuclear non-proliferation regime and fallacies of nuclear deterrence.  She is a frequent commentator on BBC and CNN and writes for openDemocracy.  Her book on civil society and government strategies to achieve the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), titled Unfinished Business, waspublished in May 2009 by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research is regarded as an essential handbook on the subject.  Her most recent book is Trident and International Law, co-edited with Angie Zelter (Luath Press, 2011).

Rebecca Johnson is Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK) in recognition of her long history of civil society engagement and nonviolent campaigning for peace and justice.   She co-founded the Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp(aign) in 1985 while living at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp for five years (1982-1987).   She is a member of Women in Black and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and co-organized the grassroots Faslane365 campaign during 2006-07.   She previously served on the Scottish Government’s Working Group on Nuclear Weapons, and was Senior Advisor for the International Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (Blix Commission, 2004-2006), Vice Chair of the Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2001-7), and Greenpeace International Nuclear Issues coordinator (1988-92). She has recently acted as a consultant for the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Nobel Women's Initiative, and the Interaction Council, as well as advising several NGOs ranging from the Center for Policy Studies (PIR, Moscow) to Mayors for Peace.