CNS Staff List

Listings of all CNS staff with areas of expertise, contact information, biographies, and recent publications.
Updated: Apr 15, 2012

Elena Sokova

Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)

Elena Sokova, VCDNP Executive Director


Elena Sokova is the Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), an international non-governmental organization managed by CNS in cooperation with the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Areas of Research

  • Nuclear nonproliferation issues in Russia and the NIS
  • Trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials
  • Fissile materials security
  • Nuclear fuel cycle developments
  • Nonproliferation education and training


Elena Sokova was most recently the Assistant Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Previously, she was Director of CNS' Newly Independent States Nonproliferation Program.


Elena Sokova holds a Masters degree in International Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (2000) and a Masters degree in Law from Moscow State University (1992).


Recent publications include:

  • "Nuclear Power Broker," The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, September/October 2007, co-authored with C. Chuen on Russia's proposals on multinational nuclear fuel arrangements
  • Chapters in The Search for WMD: Non-Proliferation, Intelligence and Pre-emption in the New Security Environment (Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, 2006)
  • Chapters in Preventing Nuclear Meltdown: Managing Decentralization of Russia's Nuclear Complex (Ashgate, 2004)
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