Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova is the Director of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (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 is co-author of an Adelphi Book Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement: Principles versus Pragmatism (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of the two-volume collection Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century (Stanford University Press, 2010). She has also published in International Security, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, and the International Herald Tribune. She teaches Iran’s Nuclear Program workshop and has previously taught a course on Nuclear Proliferation Trends and Trigger Events at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She has served as an expert on the delegation of Kazakhstan to the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and several meetings 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.
International nonproliferation organizations and regimes, Iran's nuclear program, politics of the Non-Aligned Movement, and proliferation theory.
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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 2014 - MIIS