James Platte

PhD Student

  • BSE, Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MSE, Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MA, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


Jim currently is a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. He is conducting research on Japan’s nuclear energy policy at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan in Tokyo. His doctoral research focused on what factors influence the formulation of nuclear fuel cycle policy. He conducted a structured, focused comparison of the historical development of nuclear fuel cycle policies in India, Japan, and South Korea and used prospect theory to analyze the decision making of each country. In addition to conducting field research in each of his cases, this research drew on his academic and professional experience studying nuclear policy and technology. Jim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in science, technology, and public policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs. His professional experience includes working as a counterproliferation analyst for the Department of Defense and on the Highly Enriched Uranium Transparency Implementation Program (HEU-TIP) at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He also tracked weapons of mass destruction proliferation for the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. In addition to his experience with nuclear issues, Jim developed expertise on Northeast Asian politics and security through living and studying in the region.

Curriculum Vitae - James Platte

Areas of Expertise
  • Nuclear Power
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Energy
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • India

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., Council on Foreign Relations, 2012-13
  • Stanton Foundation Nuclear Security Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School, 2011-12
  • PhD Summer Research Award, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 2011 - Student Summer Thesis Research Grant, Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs, 2011
  • Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program, U.S. Department of Defense, 2008-10
  • Critical Language Scholarship-Korean, U.S. Department of State, 2007
  • Nonproliferation Graduate Program, U.S. Department of Energy, 2005-06
  • Advanced Accelerator Applications Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy, 2001-02
  • Student Summer Thesis Research Grant, Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs, 2011

Fields of Study
  • International Security Studies
  • International Environment & Resource Policy
  • Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization

Platte, James E. “Northeast Asia’s Nuclear Future.” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. April 1, 2012.
• Platte, James, Ernesto Pitruzzella, Youssef Shatilla, and Baard Johansen. “Implementation of Erbia with ZrB2 in 17x17 Assemblies for a 4-loop core with a 24-month cycle.” Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. Washington DC, April 2002.

• Presented seminar titled “Nuclear Fuel Cycle Decision-Making: An Analysis of Influences” on dissertation research at the International Security Brown Bag Seminar, Harvard Kennedy School in April 2012
• Presented seminar titled “Japanese Nuclear Fuel Cycle Decision Making” at the Project on Managing the Atom Seminar Series, Harvard Kennedy School in January 2012
• Presented “Japan’s Quest for ‘Semi-National’ Energy Resources: Motivations and Implications” at the Fletcher Doctoral Conference in September 2011
• Presented “Japan’s Nuclear Energy Policy Before and After 3/11” at the Fletcher School Japan Roundtable in November 2011
• Organized panel titled “The Nexus Between Nuclear Power and Nuclear Proliferation” at the Fletcher Doctoral Conference in October 2010

PhD Dissertation
  • “National Decision Making and the Nuclear Fuel Cycles: An Analysis of Influences.”

Dissertation Advisor(s)
• Professor Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.
• Professor William C. Martel (chair)
• Professor William Moomaw

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