Togzhan Kassenova

Nonresident Fellow
Nuclear Policy Program
Kassenova is a nonresident fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

PhD, Politics, University of Leeds
MA, Euro-Asian Studies, University of Reading
MA, Financial Integrity, Case Western University
BA, International Studies, Almaty State University 

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Dr. Togzhan Kassenova is a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Kassenova is a senior fellow with the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) at the Center for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany, a senior non-resident scholar at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, and adjunct faculty at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

She is an expert on nuclear politics, WMD nonproliferation, and financial crime prevention. She currently works on issues related to proliferation financing controls, exploring ways to minimize access of proliferators to the global financial system.

Previously, 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.

Kassenova holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Leeds and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

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 “Challenges With Implementing Proliferation Financing Controls: How Export Controls Can Help,” “Banning Nuclear Testing: Lessons From the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Testing Site,” and “Brazil, Argentina, and the Politics of Global Nonproliferation and Nuclear Safeguards.”

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