Reimagining the Future of the Nuclear Threat Professional Field featuring Sara Kutchesfahani
About this Event
The nature of nuclear threats facing the world today are evolving more quickly than the collective community of professionals working on these issues. Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani of N Square will offer candid insight into some of the barriers to and enablers of innovation and the acceleration of new ideas—along with significant reflections from colleagues about the day-to-day experience of working in the nuclear field and their aspirations for improvement. Dr. Kutchesfahani will discuss themes uncovered from the 2019 N Square “listening tour,” in which they interviewed 72 DC-based nuclear threat reduction professionals to gather diverse perspectives on the state of the field and hopes for its future. Dr. Kutchesfahani will discuss what she hopes this research can do to illuminate the contours of a new, collaboratively developed future along with ideas about how we might collectively move in that direction. Join us for a discussion on how the nuclear threat reduction field might become one of the brightest sources of creativity and innovation.

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Biography
Sara Z. Kutchesfahani is the Director of the N Square DC Hub. N Square is a funders collaborative created in 2014 to introduce innovation and creative thinking into the nuclear risk reduction space. She is also a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Kutchesfahani has 16+ years of professional and academic experience in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, holding research, analysis, teaching, and managerial positions at a national nuclear weapons laboratory, an NGO, a university, and at various think tanks around the world. This diverse background is a clear indication of her openness to learning new processes and approaches. She has a PhD in Political Science from University College London and is the author of Global Nuclear Order (Routledge: 2019) and Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements (Routledge: 2014), as well as numerous scholarly and policy articles.

Moderated by Sarah Jacobs Gamberini, Policy Fellow, CSWMD.

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