Togzhan Kassenova is a fellow 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, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, strategic trade management, and proliferation financing controls.
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 “Banning Nuclear Testing: Lessons From the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Testing Site” and “Brazil, Argentina, and the Politics of Global Nonproliferation and Nuclear Safeguards.”
Kassenova is a native of Kazakhstan.