Togzhan Kassenova

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Togzhan Kassenova is an expert on nuclear politics and financial crime prevention.

Dr. Kassenova is a senior fellow with the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) at the Center for Policy Research, Suny-Albany, a senior non-resident scholar at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at the Elliott School and a non-resident fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 2011 to 2015 she served on the UN secretary general’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

Dr. Kassenova, a native of Kazakhstan, is writing a comprehensive nuclear history of her country. The upcoming book covers forty years of Soviet nuclear testing and health and environmental damage they inflicted, and the pivotal decisions Kazakhstan took on the fate of more than a thousand Soviet nuclear weapons left on its territory after the Soviet collapse. 

Current Research

She currently works on issues related to proliferation financing controls, exploring ways to minimize the access of proliferators to the global financial system. She also conducts research on Brazil’s nuclear policy. Brazil possesses a full nuclear fuel cycle technology and is the only non-nuclear weapon state that is developing a nuclear-powered submarine.


PhD (Leeds, UK)
MA (Reading, UK)
BA (Almaty State University, Kazakhstan)

Classes Taught

Nuclear Security Policy