Togzhan Kassenova is an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. She currently works on issues related to the role of emerging powers in the global nuclear order, weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation issues, nuclear security, and strategic trade management.
Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, Kassenova worked as a senior research associate at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security in Washington, DC, as a postdoctoral fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and as an adjunct faculty member at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She was previously a journalist and professor in Kazakhstan.
From 2011 to 2015 Kassenova served on the UN secretary general’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.
Kassenova is the author of From Antagonism to Partnership: The Uneasy Path of the U.S.-Russian Cooperative Threat Reduction (2007) and Brazil’s Nuclear Kaleidoscope: An Evolving Identity (2014). Her latest publications include “Turbulent Times for Brazil’s Nuclear Projects,” “Kazakhstan and the Global Nuclear Order,” and a contribution on Brazil’s nuclear policy to Brazil on the Global Stage: Power, Ideas, and the Liberal International Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Kassenova is a native of Kazakhstan.