Abigail Stowe-Thurston

Program Assistant, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending


Abigail Stowe-Thurston

Abigail advocates for policies that will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in US foreign policy. She is motivated by the idea that diplomacy is an effective way to address international tensions. Abigail believes in the power of constituent voices and is passionate about empowering individuals to hold their elected officials accountable.

Prior to joining FCNL, Abigail researched nuclear policy while interning at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her research has focused on the U.S.-Russian relationship and the history of arms control and nuclear security agreements.

Abigail holds a B.A. in Russian Studies with a minor in Political Science from Macalester College, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her Honors Thesis examined sovereignty and center-periphery relations in the Russian Federation. She has been awarded two State Department scholarships for intensive language study in Russia and Azerbaijan and was selected as a finalist for the Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. Her academic and professional experiences have taken her to seven of the former Soviet republics.

Articles by Abigail Stowe-Thurston

Background Why We're Speaking Up on North Korea 

The prospect of war with North Korea is real – and growing. Kim Jong Un is taking dangerous and provocative steps, but aggressive rhetoric and Twitter threats from the Trump administration limit the space for diplomacy and negotiation.

Update What We're Reading on North Korea 

The constant stream of news about North Korea can overwhelm. These articles offer important context and perspectives on the current crisis. They explore the consequences for choosing war and the opportunities for diplomacy.

Background The Consequences of War with North Korea 

In this op-ed, Abigail Stowe-Thurston, the program assistant for nuclear policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Erin Connolly, the program assistant at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, urge the U.S. to choose peace in the face of nuclear conflict.

Background Stop a Nuclear War with North Korea 

As tensions rise between the U.S. and North Korea, FCNL is lobbying to defuse the most urgent risk of nuclear war in a generation.