The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation is an international non-governmental organization established on the initiative of the Austrian Foreign Ministry in 2010 and officially opened in 2011. The Center's mission is to promote international peace and security by providing a platform for independent analysis and dialogue in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. In order to fulfill its mission, the VCDNP employs conferences, seminars, and other fora to foster result-oriented discussion among international organizations, national governments, non-governmental experts, scholars, and civil society. The Center partners with other academic and non-governmental institutions, as well as international organizations in conducting research, outreach, education, and training on non-proliferation and disarmament. The VCDNP is operated by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation - VCDNP
Angela Kane - Senior Fellow
Angela Kane is a Senior Fellow at the VCDNP. Before joining the Center, Ms. Kane served as the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs until mid-2015, where she provided strategy, vision and thought leadership for the United Nations on its multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation agendas. She was responsible for planning, negotiating and conducting the ground-breaking investigation of alleged chemical weapons use in Syria in 2013, which resulted in Syria’s destruction of its chemical stocks. Previously, Ms. Kane served as the Under-Secretary-General for Management, heading the largest and most complex UN department, with responsibility for the global financial and budgetary management of the UN (2008-2012). Ms. Kane also served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, focusing on the prevention and resolution of conflicts in all regions except Africa. She also was the Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. Her field experience includes Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), a special assignment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and multi-year postings in Indonesia and Thailand. Ms. Kane holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Ulrich Kühn - Senior Research Associate
Ulrich Kühn (Ph.D.) joined the VCDNP as a Senior Research Associate in November 2017. Kühn is also a Nonresident Scholar with the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Member of the trilateral Deep Cuts Commission. Previously, he worked for the German Federal Foreign Office. In 2011 he was awarded a United Nations Disarmament Fellowship. Kühn is an alumnus of the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, and a former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. He has published on deterrence and arms control, international security institutions and transatlantic security. His articles and commentary have appeared, inter alia, in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Washington Quarterly, and War on the Rocks.
Artem Lazarev - Research Associate
Artem Lazarev joined the VCDNP as a Research Associate in October 2017. Prior to that, he completed an internship at the Office of Legal Affairs of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) dealing with the legal aspects of nuclear safety, security and liability. Mr. Lazarev also worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights, mainly dealing with cases related to the right to a fair trial, prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment, protection of property, right to respect for private and family life, and freedom of expression, among other things. He has also held several other legal posts in Russia and Spain. Mr. Lazarev completed his PhD in International Law from the University Pompeu Fabra – UPF (Barcelona, Spain) in September 2017. His dissertation focused on the evolution of the legal aspects of the IAEA safeguards and their application to Iran. Previously he completed a Master II in Human Rights Law at the University of Strasbourg (2016), an Advanced Master in Legal Sciences at UPF (2011) and obtained a degree in International Relations and in Law from Tomsk State University in Russia (2007 and 2008, respectively).
Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova - Director, International Organisations & Non-Proliferation Program
Ms. Mukhatzhanova is Director of the International Organizations and Non-Proliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), and is currently based in Vienna, Austria, at the VCDNP. She was previously Senior Research Associate and NPT Project Manager at CNS. Ms. Mukhatzhanova served as an expert on the delegation of Kazakhstan to the 2010 NPT Review Conference and the delegation of Chile to the 2015 NPT Review Conference. She has taught workshops and courses on Iran’s nuclear program and on nuclear proliferation trends and trigger events at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Prior to joining CNS, she was a Media and Outreach Specialist at the UN Development Programme in Kazakhstan.
Mara Pfneisl - Office and Events Manager
Mara Pfneisl is the Administrative Assistant and Events Coordinator at VCDNP. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, and a Master of Advanced International Studies (M.A.I.S.) from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Prior to joining VCDNP, she completed an internship at the International Peace Institute (IPI), Vienna Office, where she assisted in organizing the 43rd annual IPI Vienna Seminar focusing on the dangerous nexus between crime, conflict and terrorism. Ms. Pfneisl also gained experience in interning at the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) at the United Nations in Vienna and working on local political campaigns in the United States.
Laura Rockwood - Executive Director
Laura Rockwood was appointed as Executive Director of the VCDNP as of 1 June 2015. She was most recently a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School Belfer Center Managing the Atom Project. Ms. Rockwood retired in November 2013 from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs, where she had served since 1985. Prior to working for the IAEA she was employed by the US Department of Energy as a trial attorney in radiation injury cases, and as counsel in general legal matters.
Laura Rockwood received a Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from the University of California's Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the State Bar of California and of the Washington DC Bar Association.
Ian Stewart - Director, European Non-Proliferation and Security Initiative
Ian Stewart is the Director of the European Non-Proliferation and Security Initiative (ENSI) at the VCDNP. He is also a senior research associate at King’s College London, where he runs Project Alpha, a project focussed on export control and sanctions issues. Presently, he is also the training adviser for the consortium implementing the EU P2P programme on dual-use goods, which is funded under the EU CBRNe Centre of Excellence initiative. He is an engineer by education and has many years of experience working in government and with companies and international organisations in relation to non-proliferation matters. From 2000 until his secondment to King’s College London to establish Project Alpha in 2011, he worked with the UK Ministry of Defence, where he held a number of positions related to nuclear technology and non‑proliferation matters. He was also a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 2010.