Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies

Jon Brook Wolfsthal

From 2009-2012, Jon Wolfsthal served as the Special Advisor to Vice President Joseph R. Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation and as a director for nonproliferation on the National Security Council. He supported the Administration's negotiation and ratification of the New START arms reduction agreement with the Russian Federation, and helped support the development of nuclear policy including through the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and other elements of the Obama Administration's security policies.

Ervin Farkas

I am passionate about:

I am passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge with students.


What excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

I enjoy a receptive, interested and eager audience. It is my pleasure to interact with students, to share my experience with them, even if a question is out of the theme scope.

George Moore, Ph. D.

From 2007-2012, Dr. Moore was a Senior Analyst in the Office of Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. At IAEA, he worked with the Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) and served as Scientific Secretary for the Director General's Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec). He also served as Scientific Secretary for the development of the Agency's Fundamentals of Nuclear Security document, the top-level document in the Agency's Nuclear Security Series that will be published in fall 2012.

Jeffrey Knopf

I am passionate about: Making whatever small contribution I can to reducing the dangers posed by nuclear weapons.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: Teaching at MIIS offers an opportunity to work with professional Master’s students who will go on to apply what they learn in real-world settings. I also appreciate getting to work in such a beautiful location. 

Jessica Varnum

Jessica C. Varnum is the NTI Project Manager and a Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Varnum manages all of CNS's work for the Nuclear Threat Initiative website, including extensive research databases on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery systems, educational resources, country profiles, and issue briefs.

Leonard Spector

Leonard S. Spector is Deputy Director of the Monterey Institute of International Studies' James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and leads the Center's Washington D.C. Office. In addition he serves as editor-in-chief of the Center's publications. Mr. Spector joined CNS from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he served as an Assistant Deputy Administrator for Arms Control and Nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Nikolai Sokov

He graduated from Moscow State University in 1981 and subsequently worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. From 1987-92 he worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union and later Russia, and participated in START I and START II negotiations as well as in a number of summit and ministerial meetings.

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

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.

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis

Before coming to CNS, he was the Director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation.

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress joined CNS in April 2009 as a Research Scientist to work with Dr. Patricia Lewis on issues of nuclear disarmament and on aspects of global proliferation of fissile materials.