Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.

Chairman, Nonpartisan Security Group

Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. is a former senior U.S. diplomat. Graham was involved in the negotiation of every international arms control and non-proliferation agreement from 1970 to 1997, including the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT Treaties), the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties (START Treaties), the Anti-ballistic missile (ABM) Treaty, Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) Treaty, Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT), Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

In 1993, Ambassador Graham served as Acting Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) and in 1994 as the agency’s Acting Deputy Director. From 1994 through 1997, he was president Bill Clinton’s special representative for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament. He served for 15 years as ACDA’s general counse.

Graham successfully led the U.S. government efforts to achieve the permanent extension of the NPT in 1995.

Thomas Graham has worked with six U.S. Presidents including Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. He was a part of the negotiation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention, and managed the Senate approval of the ratification of the Geneva Protocol banning the use of chemical and biological weapons in war, as well as the Biological Weapons Convention. 

Graham is also the Director and Board Chairman of CanAlaska Uranium, a mining exploration company. Thomas Graham is a member of the New York, the District of Columbia and Kentucky Bar Associations and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1986 to 1994 he chaired the committee on Arms Control and Disarmament of the American Bar Association. Graham is also the executive chairman of the Lightbridge Corporation and a National Advisory Board member of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, the research arm of Council for a Livable World.


United States Cong. House. Joint Subcommittee Hearing by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and the Committee on Armed Services. Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, “Administration Responses to Russian Arms Control Cheating on the INF Treaty Provisions,” Q&A with Representative Trent Franks (AZ). 1 Dec. 2015.  TS

United States Cong. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. “Arms Control Nuclear Non-Proliferation Russia and the United States—The START Process.” (Testimony by Thomas Graham Jr., Executive Chairman, Thorium Power Ltd.). 24 Jun. 2009. 

United States. Cong. Senate. Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “National Security Bureaucracy for Arms Control, Counterproliferation, and Nonproliferation: the Role of the Department Of State.” May 15 and June 6, 2008. 110th Cong. 2nd Sess. Washington DC: GPO, 2009.  Web. 13 June 2015.

United States Cong. Senate. Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Committee on Homeland Security and Government Organization. “A Return to Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Process.” (Presentation of Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.) 15 May 2008. Print.

Nuclear Power and Nuclear Non-Proliferation.” (Statement of Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., Executive Chairman, Lightbridge Corporation). Sept. 22, 2005. Print.

Bundestag. Subcommittee on Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. Berlin, Ger. (Testimony by Thomas Graham Jr., President, Lawyers Alliance for World Security). 29 Sept. 1999. TS.

United States Cong. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. (Statement by Thomas Graham Jr.) 14 July 1993. TS.

Canadian Parliament. “Canadian Leadership Will Make a Difference.” Testimony before a Joint Meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the House of Commons and the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ottawa, Can. (Remarks by Thomas Graham Jr.) TS. 10 Mar. 1999.

Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Defense Committee of the House of Commons. “Updating NATO’s Nuclear Doctrine.” (Written submission by Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.) Jan. 1999. Print.

United States Cong. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs. (Statement on Nuclear Non-Proliferation by Thomas Graham Jr.) 3 Mar. 1995. Web. 13 July 2015.

United States Information Agency (USIA) Transcript. “Non-proliferation Treaty Extension.” Foreign Press Center. (Briefing by Thomas Graham, Jr.) 13 Dec. 1994. Print.

Preparatory Committee for the 1995 Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (Statement by Thomas Graham, Jr.) 21 Jan. 1994. Print.

The First Committee of the 48th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in General Debate. (Statement by Thomas Graham, Jr.) 19 Oct. 1993. Print. 

United States Cong. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee. [Second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.] (Testimony by Thomas Graham, Jr.) 18 May 1993. Print.

Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. (Testimony by Thomas Graham Jr., Active Director of Arms Control and Disarmament Agency). 5 Apr. 1993. TS.

United States Cong. House. Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, The Judiciary and Related Agencies. On behalf of Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.  (FY1994 ACDA Funding Request by Thomas Graham Jr., Active Director of Arms Control and Disarmament Agency).  17 Mar. 1993. TS.

United States Cong. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. “Ratification of the Treaty on Open Skies.”  Statement on Behalf of Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). (Testimony by Thomas Graham, Jr.)  11 Mar. 1993. Print.

Graham, Thomas Jr. 
Interview by Cheryl Nason. Inside the Writer’s Café with Cheryl Nason. 
Web Radio. 29 June 2015.

Graham, Thomas, Jr. 
“Oral History Interview.”
Interview with Linda Richards. Oregon State University. 
28 Oct. 2015. Web. 1 Nov. 2015.

__. “Ambassador Thomas 
Graham Talks Nuclear 
Power with Telluride.” 
Interview with Heather Sackett.  
Telluride Daily Planet 1 
April 2014.  Web. 25 May 2015.

__. Interview with 
Charles Stuart Kennedy
Association for 
Diplomatic Studies and Training. 2001-2013. Web. 17 June 2015.

__. Interview with Jonathan Granoff
Widener Law School, PA.  2007. Video. Web. 17 June 2015.

__. “A Nuclear Nightmare: 
It Could Happen Today 
Interview with Stuart Taylor Jr. 
The National Journal 
(10 November 2001): 3487-88.  Web. 24 Dec. 2015.

__. “Strengthened Treaties 
Key to Nonproliferation Success Says Arms  Control Expert.” 
Interview with Don JohnsonNewsline [Livermore, CA] 22.13. 4 April 1997. Print.

__.  “The CFE Treaty Review Conference: Strengthening the ‘Cornerstone’ of European Security,” 
Interview with Jack Mendelsohn and Sarah Walkling
Arms Control Today  
(Apr. 1996): 3-5. Print.

__. “Preparing for the 
1995 Conference,”
Interview with Jack Mendelsohn 
and Jon B. Wolfsthal
Arms Control Today 24.6 (July/Aug. 1994): 10-13. Print.