Elena Sokova

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Elena Sokova
Deputy Director
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Elena Sokova is a Deputy Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). From 2011 to 2015 she was the Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. Her primary research areas are: nuclear security, fissile materials disposition and control, international nonproliferation regimes and nuclear disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation education and training. Prior to assuming her position in Vienna, Elena held a number of senior positions at CNS in Monterey, including Assistant Director of CNS and Director of the Newly Independent States Nonproliferation. Elena joined CNS as a research associate in 2000 after receiving her Masters degree in International Public Administration from MIIS. Prior to moving to the United States, she worked at the Soviet/Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Elena is also a graduate of the Moscow State University Law School. She is the author of a number of articles, book chapters, reports, and other publications on nonproliferation and nuclear security. Elena Sokova is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security of the World Economic Forum. In 2015, she also chaired a FMWG working group on ending the use of HEU in civilian applications.