Caroline handles a portfolio of nuclear policy, arms control, and defense politics issues. She has extensive research experience and her analysis has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Axios, War on the Rocks, Reuters, The Hill, and more. She is an expert with the Forum on the Arms Trade and contributor to the Pentagon Budget Campaign. Before joining WAND, she spent two years at the Cato Institute as a Policy Analyst. She holds a Master's in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's in Peace, War, and Defense from UNC Chapel Hill.
Expertise: arms control, arms trade policy, defense policy, defense budget, international arms trade, force structure, weapons systems, nuclear policy, nuclear modernization
America's Nuclear Crossroads: A Forward-Looking Anthology
Edited by Caroline Dorminey and Eric Gomez
America’s Nuclear Crossroads: A Forward-Looking Anthology is a useful reference tool for policymakers and laypeople alike as they navigate an increasingly complex nuclear security environment. The debates and policy decisions that play out over the next few years will likely affect America’s nuclear deterrence and arms control strategies for decades to come. This anthology offers a wide view of the most pressing challenges the United States is facing at this crossroads.
The 2019 Arms Sales Risk Index
By A. Trevor Thrall, Caroline Dorminey, and Jordan Cohen
The United States has long been the world’s leading arms exporter. In 2018 the Trump administration notified Congress of $78 billion in major conventional weapons sales, giving the United States 31 percent of the global arms market. Over the past decade American weapons have wound up in the hands of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, sold on the black market in Yemen and elsewhere, have been used by oppressive governments to kill their own people, and have enabled nations to engage in bloody military conflicts.
To help improve decisionmaking about arms sales we have created the Arms Transfer Risk Index. By identifying the factors linked to negative outcomes, such as dispersion, diversion, and the misuse of weapons by recipients, the index provides a way to measure the risk involved with arms sales to every nation.