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.
Kassenova serves on the UN secretary general’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.
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.
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 “Iran Nuclear Talks in Kazakhstan: Remember When Diplomacy Worked,” “A Regional Approach to WMD Nonproliferation in the Asia-Pacific,” “Global Non-Proliferation and the Taiwan Dilemma” (Global Asia, March 2012), and a contribution on Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation policy in Slaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century (University of Georgia Press, 2012).
Kassenova is a native of Kazakhstan.