Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies Faculty

Our program is built upon well-recognized faculty who are among the most prominent scholars in their fields.

Regular Faculty

Jeffrey M. Bale

Associate Professor

Office: McGowan 200-D
Email: jeffrey.bale@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6603

Expertise: 

Terrorism, Political and religious extremism, Insurgency and counterinsurgency, Unconventional warfare, Intelligence and covert operations, Conspiracy theories, Comparative revolutionary movements, Youth subcultures and counterculture, Terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, Organized crime, European history and politics, Middle Eastern history and politics, Islamic history, Military history, International politics

Philipp C. Bleek

Assistant Professor

Office: 205 McGowan
Email: pbleek@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6509

Expertise: 

Causes, consequences, and amelioration of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation.

Avner Cohen

Professor of Nonproliferation Studies and Senior Fellow with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Office: McGowan 203
Email: avnerc@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6437

Expertise: 

Israeli nuclear program; nonproliferation issues in the Middle East; Nuclear age and nonproliferation history; the non-proliferation regime; nuclear weapons and democracy; morality, ethics, and norms in the nuclear age; the movies of the nuclear age; nuclear disarmament; nuclear weapons free zones

Dr. Cohen interviewed on UCBerkeley's Conversations with History

Interview with Dave Gahary

Sharad Joshi

Assistant Professor, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Office: McGowan 200-F
Email: sharad.joshi@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6508

Expertise: 

International Security
South Asia
Terrorism
Nuclear Proliferation
Afghanistan
Southeast Asia

Dr. Joshi interviewed by NATO Review

Jeffrey Knopf

Professor and Program Chair, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Office: McGowan 200 C
Email: jknopf@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.7174

Expertise: 

Nuclear Arms Control and Nonproliferation
Utility of Deterrence, Assurance, and other Strategies for Dealing with WMD and Terrorism
International Cooperation
Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

William C. Potter

Professor, Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Office: CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
Email: wpotter@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.4154

Expertise: 

Nuclear nonproliferation, illicit nuclear trafficking, and nuclear terrorism; Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); the International Atomic Energy Agency; the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and nuclear politics; the sources of nuclear weapons decisions; U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control; Nuclear-Weapons- Free Zones (NWFZs); nuclear safety and security; and nuclear disarmament and  nonproliferation education.

Dr. Potter interviewed on Russia Today
Dr. Potter's contribution to the Carnegie Corporation "virtual roundtable" on U.S.-Russian relations

Moyara Ruehsen

Associate Professor

Office: 213 McCone
Email: mruehsen@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.4145

Expertise: 

Money laundering, terrorism financing, illegal drug markets, political economy, Middle Eastern economies, and international macro-economy

Anna Vassilieva

Professor

Office: McGowan Building 200A
Email: avassilieva@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.3546

Expertise: 

Contemporary Russian politics, Russian politics in Central Asia, Russian culture and society, Siberia, Russians in Japan.

Dr. Vassilieva interviewed on PBS's NewHour

Fred L. Wehling

Associate Professor, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Office: 400 Pacific Street (former CNS Building)
Email: fwehling@exchange.miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.3084

Expertise: 

Fissile material control; terrorism with nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological weapons; nuclear nonproliferation; former Soviet Union; international security; online learning

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress

Adjunct Professor and Scientist-in-Residence

Office: CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
Email: jdalnokiveress@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.4638

Ervin Farkas

Adjunct Professor

Expertise: 

Emergency response and coordination, non-proliferation and disarmament, delivery of humanitarian assistance coordination, NBC training.

Gordon Hahn

Adjunct Professor and Researcher of Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program

Office: McGowan 200-C
Email: ghahn@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.3535

Expertise: 

Russian Studies
Political Science
Islam and Politics in Russia and Eurasia
Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy
International Relations in Eurasia
Regime Transformation Theory
Nationalism
Islamism in Eurasia

Dr. Hahn is perhaps the world’s leading expert on the Caucasus Emirate mujahedin and an internationally recognized expert on Russian and Eurasian domestic and foreign politics, including the North Caucasus.

Brigadier General (Retired) Russell D. Howard

Director of MonTREP and Adjunct Professor

Office: McGowan 200F
Email: rhoward@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6442

Expertise: 

Counterterrorism
Special Operations
Terrorist-Trafficking Nexus
Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Africa

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis

Adjunct Professor and Director of East Asia Non-Proliferation Program at CNS

Office: CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
Email: jeffrey.lewis@miis.edu
Phone: 202.842.3100

Expertise: 

Nuclear nonproliferation, international security, disarmament, arms control

George Moore, Ph. D.

Scientist in Residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Office: CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
Email: gmoore@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.4613

Expertise: 

Nuclear weapons, Illicit trafficking, Nuclear Security, Binding and Non-Binding Legal Instruments for Nuclear Security, Aviation Security Issues

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

Adjunct Professor, Research Associate and NPT Project Manager at CNS

Office: CNS Washington, D.C. Office
Email: gaukhar.mukhatzhanova@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.3504

Stephen Schwartz

Adjunct Professor

Email: sschwartz@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.4154

Expertise: 

History and cost of US nuclear weapons; nuclear weapons research, development, testing, production, and deployment; nuclear strategy; command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I); continuity of government plans and facilities; ballistic missile defense; nuclear proliferation; nuclear arms control and disarmament; environmental contamination from nuclear weapons production and testing; congressional oversight of nuclear weapons

Nikolai Sokov

Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Associate at CNS

Office: CNS Vienna Office
Email: nsokov@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6577

Expertise: 

Russian and US Missile systems, Nuclear Command, Control, Communications & Intelligence (C3I), Nuclear Arms Control, Strategic Arms Control, Kosovo Crisis, Emerging Reorientation of Russia's Foreign Policy, Russia's Perception of NATO, Newly Independent States, Arms Control Agreements:Devolution, Major Treaties and International Regimes: Chances for Demise, NATO, Verification/Compliance

Leonard Spector

Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of CNS, Washington D.C. Office

Office: 1400 K Street, NW, Suite 450
Email: lspector@miis.edu
Phone: 202.842.3100

Expertise: 

Arms control and nonproliferation, international treaties, U.S. domestic and multilateral export controls

Mr. Spector interviewed on MSNBC.

Jessica Varnum

Adjunct Professor NTI Project Manager and Research Associate at CNS

Office: CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
Email: jessica.varnum@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.4610

Expertise: 

Nuclear nonproliferation; Turkey (including Turkish national security and nuclear policies, Turkish foreign policies, and Turkish domestic politics); NATO and extended deterrence; peaceful nuclear trade and cooperation; the responsible expansion of nuclear power; and the science and technology of nuclear policymaking (including the role of science advisors in the policy process and the scientific and technical underpinnings of nuclear policy challenges).

Jon Brook Wolfsthal

Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Office: CNS, 499 Van Buren Street
Email: jwolfsthal@miis.edu

Raymond A. Zilinskas

Director, Chemical & Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program

Office: CNS Building, 499 Van Buren
Email: rzilinskas@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6545

Expertise: 

Clinical microbiology, organic chemistry, international law and mores related to biological and chemical arms control, preparedness and response to biological and chemical emergencies