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 the author of Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb (forthcoming, Stanford University Press, 2022). The 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.

Education

MA in Financial Integrity (Case Western Reserve University), 2020

PhD in Politics (Leeds, UK), 2004

MA in Euro-Asian Studies (Reading, UK), 2000

BA in International Relations (Almaty State University, Kazakhstan), 1999

Classes Taught

Nuclear Security Policy