Ian Butterfield

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Member ofLe Cercle
InterestsNuclear power


Ian Butterfield graduated from Cambridge University in 1974 and was awarded the Power International Exchange Scholarship to the University of Michigan, where he received a Ph.D. in 1980.[1]

Deep political connections

Butterfield attended meetings of Le Cercle in 1983 in Bonn and in 1984 in South Africa.


Ian Butterfield was a member of the foreign policy team of the Heritage Foundation, where he wrote and published extensively on African affairs. Later, he worked for 12 years in the United States Senate, counseling committee members on matters relating to nuclear, chemical and biological proliferation. In 1986, fellow Cercle member, William V. Roth appointed him Secretary to the U.S. Senate delegation to the NATO Parliament.

Later he worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation as the International and Government Affairs Director. He played the central role in opening up the Chinese market for U.S. exports of civilian nuclear power equipment, technology and fuel. Mr. Butterfield did this while simultaneously advancing the corporation’s conventional and nuclear power interests in Russia, Ukraine and West Africa.[2]

In 2015, he was Senior Advisor for mCapitol management.[3]


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)12 January 198415 January 1984South Africa
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