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Sara Z. Kutchesfahani

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Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani is the Director of the N Square DC Hub, and Research Associate at CISSM. N Square is a path-breaking initiative built on the idea that new forms of cross-sector collaboration will accelerate the achievement of internationally agreed goals to reduce nuclear dangers. Together with her N Square responsibilities, she also works at CISSM in both a teaching and research capacity.  

Most recently, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control And Non-Proliferation, where she led the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), focused on efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. She was previously the Executive Director for the Center for International Trade and Security and the Director for the Master of International Policy (MIP) Program at the University of Georgia, where she worked on nuclear security-related projects and nuclear non-proliferation policy issues, and taught graduate courses on nuclear non-proliferation history and the global nuclear order.

She has held research positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She holds a PhD in Political Science from University College, London, and is the author of Global Nuclear Order (Routledge: 2019) and Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements (Routledge: 2014).

Areas of Interest
  • Nuclear non-proliferation policy; nuclear security/terrorism; international security; epistemic communities; nuclear arms control