Elena Sokova has been involved in nuclear non-proliferation issues for most of her career. She has been an official of the Soviet/Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies (CNS) Newly Independent States Non-proliferation Program, Assistant Director of the CNS, and, until very recently, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security. Ms Sokova is now returning to the CNS as Deputy Director.
Ms Sokova holds a master’s degree in international public administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (2000) and a master’s degree in law from Moscow State University (1992). Her areas of research include nuclear non-proliferation issues in Russia and the newly independent states, trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials, fissile materials security, nuclear fuel cycle developments, and non-proliferation education and training.
Her recent publications include: ‘Nuclear Power Broker’, Bulletin of the 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); and chapters in Preventing Nuclear Meltdown: Managing Decentralization of Russia's Nuclear Complex (Ashgate, 2004).