CNS Staff List

Listings of all CNS staff with areas of expertise, contact information, biographies, and recent publications.
Updated: Aug 21, 2013

Melissa Hanham

Research Associate, East Asia Nonproliferation Program

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Melissa Hanham, Research Associate, EANP

Melissa Hanham joined CNS as a Research Associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) in 2011. Her regional interests include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks, and East Asian security. She also studies South Korean and Japanese nuclear exports and East and Southeast Asian export control systems.

Melissa supports CNS' research by investigating new techniques in geospatial analysis, incorporating imagery and other remote sensing data, 3D modeling, and mapping.

Additionally, she assists the Export Control and Nonproliferation Project with research on proliferation financing and money laundering.


Previously, Melissa worked for International Crisis Group in Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea.


Melissa holds an MA in International Security Policy and East Asia from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She also earned a Certificate of Nonproliferation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She speaks English, Chinese, and French.

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