Sara Z. Kutchesfahani

Department of International Affairs, Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
Executive Director, CITS
MIP Program Director, IA

Curriculum Vitae

Department of International Affairs, Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)

Sara Z. Kutchesfahani is the CITS Executive Director and the Director for the Master of International Policy (MIP) Program. She works on nuclear security-related projects and nuclear non-proliferation policy issues, and teaches graduate courses on nuclear non-proliferation history and the global nuclear order. She has held research positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She is currently writing a text book on global nuclear order, due to be published by Routledge in late 2018.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University College London 2010, Political Science
    • M.A., King’s College London 2003, European Studies
    • B.A.(Hons), King’s College London 2000, French
  • More About

    Dr. Sara Z. Kutchesfahani is the Executive Director at the Center for International Trade & Security at the University of Georgia (CITS/UGA), and the Director for the Master of International Policy (MIP) Program. She has been at CITS since 2013 and she came from the Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where she was the only political science research associate among a pool of 440 at the laboratory. At LANL, her work focused on nuclear non-proliferation policy-related research projects, with an emphasis on international safeguards.

    She has worked on nuclear non-proliferation policy issues for most of the past decade holding research positions at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), the European Union Institute for Security Studies (Paris), and the RAND Corporation (Washington). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University College London. She is the author of Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2013) and is currently working on her second book on global nuclear order, to be published in Routledge in late 2018.

  • Areas of Expertise
    • Nuclear security
    • Nuclear non-proliferation policy
    • Epistemic communities
    • Global nuclear order
    • Brazil and Argentina’s nuclear policy
  • Course Instruction
    • INTL 8273 Nuclear History and Security Policy
    • INTL 8276 International Perspectives on Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Research Interests
    • Nuclear non-proliferation policy
    • Global nuclear order
    • Nuclear history
    • Epistemic communities
    • Nuclear security policy
    • Development of regional safeguards organizations
  • Selected Publications
    • Global Nuclear Order: An Introduction (working title), Oxford, Routledge (Taylor & Francis), forthcoming 2018. Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
    • Regional Initiatives Towards a Nuclear Weapon Free World: The Case of Nuclear Weapon Free Zones.” In James E. Doyle (ed.), Nuclear Safeguards, Security and Nonproliferation. Achieving Security with Technology and Policy, Elsevier: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2nd edition, forthcoming 2016.
    • “Celebrating ABACC’s 25th Year Anniversary: A Reflective Piece on its Creation.” In Federal University of Santa Maria (ed.), ABACC’s 25 Years (working title), forthcoming 2016.
    • “The Role of an Epistemic Community in Argentina and Brazil’s Creation of a Joint Safeguards Agreement.” In Jeffrey W. Knopf (ed.), International Cooperation on WMD Nonproliferation, University of Georgia Press, 2015.
    • “Prospects for a Middle East Regional Safeguards Organization,” Public Interest Report LXVII, no. 1. Federation of American Scientists. 2014.
    • Politics & the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements, New York, NY: Routledge (Taylor & Francis). 2013.
    • “History shows limits of proliferation,” Financial Times, 19 November 2013.
    • “Further Intrusion or Different Political Priorities? What are the Main Reasons behind Countries’ Non-Signature of the IAEA Additional Protocol?” Journal of Nuclear Materials Management XLI, no. 2 (Winter 2013): 30–35.