CNS Middle East Nonproliferation

Dedicated to preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and reducing the risk of their use.
Updated: Jun 26, 2012

Overview

CNS Middle East Nonproliferation activities are dedicated to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and reducing the risk of their use by providing original, policy-focused research, promoting robust U.S. and international nonproliferation policies, teaching and training on regional nonproliferation issues, and enhancing regional security and dialogue.

Mission

Supporting the broader CNS mission, the Middle East Nonproliferation activities seek to develop and promote effective and innovating strategies to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the region, train regional officials and specialists to aid the implementation of key international nonproliferation measures, and create greater understanding and dialogue among academics, civic society and policy makers in the United States, Europe, and throughout the Middle East. CNS Middle East Nonproliferation team works with Middle Eastern partners to empower local nonproliferation experts and to link these experts to the broader community of international specialists.

CNS Middle East Nonproliferation activities involve four core activities:

  • Policy-focused research, consultations and outreach, to promote strong nonproliferation initiatives in the region,
  • Training programs for Middle Eastern scholars and government officials,
  • Promoting dialogue on regional and international arms control and nonproliferation, and
  • Developing and maintaining databases to support the Country/Region Profiles on WMD developments for the Nuclear Threat Initiative for Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

CNS Middle East Nonproliferation Staff

Jon Wolfsthal, CNS Deputy Director

Jon Wolfsthal

Deputy Director
Avner Cohen, Director of the Nonproliferation Education Program

Avner Cohen

Director, Nonproliferation Education Program
Dr. Chen Kane, Senior Research Associate, Washington, D.C. Office

Dr. Chen Kane

Senior Research Associate, Washington, D.C. Office
Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Senior Research Associate, Washington, D.C. Office

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

Senior Research Associate, Washington, D.C. Office

Other CNS staff members provide key contributions to the Middle East activities including William Potter, Leonard Spector, Amy Smithson, Robert Shaw and Ibrahim Al Marashi.

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