Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

Adjunct Professor, Research Associate and NPT Project Manager at CNS

Gaukhar's research interests include international nonproliferation organizations and regimes, Iran's nuclear program, politics of the Non-Aligned Movement, and proliferation theory. She has published in the International Security, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, International Herald Tribune, and has written issue briefs and research stories for NTI and CNS. She teaches a course on Nuclear Proliferation Trends and Trigger Events at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has also served as an expert on the delegation of Kazakhstan to the 2010 NPT Review Conference and 2009 meeting of the Preparatory Committee.

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova received her MA in International Policy Studies, with distinction, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (2007) and BA in Journalism/Mass Communication, Cum Laude, from the American University in Bulgaria (2001). She is originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to coming to Monterey, she was Media and Outreach Specialist at the UN Development Programme in Kazakhstan.

Course List

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IPOL 8631 - Sem:NonprolifTrnds/TriggrEvnts      

How optimistic or pessimistic should we be about the future spread of nuclear weapons, and to what levers do policymakers have access to reduce the likelihood of proliferation? Concerns about accelerating proliferation are rising again, as they have periodically during the sixty-plus years of the nuclear age. This time, Iran’s apparent pursuit of at least a nuclear weapons option is widely expected to catalyze regional proliferation, and there is also concern about further proliferation in response to North Korea’s acquisition of at least rudimentary nuclear weapons. Both theoretical and empirical scholarship can shed light on the conditions under which states are more or less likely to proliferate and the levers policymakers can use to make proliferation less likely. Students will gain knowledge of the development and current state of proliferation theory, survey past works on forecasting nuclear proliferation, analyze prior nuclear proliferation decisions and trigger events, and will be expected to combine theory with comparative studies in conducting their original research.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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NPTG 8522 - Iran's Nuclear Program      

This workshop serves as an overview to Iran's nuclear program since its development during the Shah period in the 1970's to the Islamic Republic in the present. Topics that will be covered include the geopolitics of Iran, the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and Iranian threat perceptions. Also, Iranian national security in a regional and global context and the role of domestic Iranian politics in the state's nuclear policy will be examined. Finally, the workshop covers the concerns and objectives of U.S. policy towards Iran's nuclear program efforts and nonproliferation and arms control initiatives of international institutions vis-a-vis Iran.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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WKSH 8522 - Iran's Nuclear Program      

This workshop serves as an overview to Iran's nuclear program since its development during the Shah period in the 1970's to the Islamic Republic in the present. Topics that will be covered include the geopolitics of Iran, the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and Iranian threat perceptions. Also, Iranian national security in a regional and global context and the role of domestic Iranian politics in the state's nuclear policy will be examined. Finally, the workshop covers the concerns and objectives of U.S. policy towards Iran's nuclear program efforts and nonproliferation and arms control initiatives of international institutions vis-a-vis Iran.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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