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Sara Z. Kutchesfahani

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Lecturer; Research Associate, CISSM

Sara Kutchesfahani is a CISSM research associate, where she currently teaches graduate classes on International Security Policy (PLCY 720) and Topics in Public Policy; Team-Based Policy Lab (PLCY 688T). She is also a senior policy analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and the senior program coordinator for the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), where she focuses on efforts to reduce the risks of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. In addition, she serves as the co-editor of the Studies in Security and International Affairs Series at the University of Georgia Press.

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 has contributed to several edited volumes of research on nuclear security, safeguards, and non-proliferation. Her research has also appeared in academic journals and the popular press. 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
3 Credit(s)

Reviews the principal features of international security as currently practiced. Traces the evolution of contemporary policy beginning with the initiation of nuclear weapons programs during World War II. Particular emphasis is given to experience of the United States and Russia, since the historical interaction between these two countries has disproportionately affected the international security conditions that all other countries now experience. Restricted to students in a major in PLCY.
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