Sara Bundtzen is a Research and Policy Associate at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), where she focuses on policy responses to online disinformation and extremism. Sara previously worked at the Federal Ministry of Defence and NATO HQ. She also gained experience at the Delegation of the EU to the US, the International Crisis Group and the German Embassy in Copenhagen. Her interest in nuclear weapons developed during class discussions on the JCPOA, the role of strategic stability and NATO’s deterrence posture. Sara holds an MA in International Security with a concentration in Intelligence Studies from Sciences Po Paris and a BSc in European Studies from the University of Southern Denmark. She is fluent in German and English, and proficient in French.

Research interests: European security and defence | Transatlantic relations | Nuclear deterrence, arms control and disarmament | Online disinformation | Intelligence cycle

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Vladislav Chernavskikh is a Research Associate at the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) where his work focuses on issues of regional nuclear nonproliferation and Russia-U.S nuclear relationship. Previously, he was a Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and an intern at the WMD Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.

Vladislav holds a dual master’s degree in WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security from MGIMO University and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is fluent in English and Russian. Vladislav is passionate about arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament because he sees nuclear weapons as an outstanding issue of global security which can only be resolved through a common effort.

Research interests: U.S.–Russia arms control | Nuclear disarmament and the NPT framework | Iranian nuclear program and the JCPOA | Nuclear nonproliferation on the Korean peninsula.

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Jarret Fisher is completing a graduate degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She previously earned a bachelor's and MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, where she competed on the women's tennis team. She was a Fellow at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center, and received the United Nations Scholarship for Peace and Security, which brought her to Vienna for training on “Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation.” Jarret is a proud Department of State Exchange alumna; she participated in a legislative exchange in South Korea and the ALLI Indo-Pacific Summit in Japan. Jarret is passionate about nuclear weapons policy because they are an existential threat, and she wishes for one never to be used again. She believes any potential use of a nuclear weapon in the future will arise from mistrust and miscommunication; therefore, arms control is critical to avoid catastrophe and achieve strategic stability.

Research interests: U.S. nuclear policy and posture | emerging technologies and domains (outer space and cyberspace) | nuclear risk reduction | future of arms control (bilateral, plurilateral, multilateral) | deep cuts in nuclear weapons arsenals | arms control verification technologies

Patricia Jaworek is a Consultant for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). Her work focuses on disarmament, risk reduction and non-proliferation in the context of the NPT and the global catastrophic risks of nuclear weapons. Patricia is passionate about finding solutions for arms control and disarmament to manage a changing security environment and ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. She holds a Master’s degree in Transatlantic Affairs from the Fletcher School and the College of Europe and a law degree from the University of Hamburg with a focus on public international law. Alongside the YDCC, Patricia is a member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network and BASIC’s Emerging Voices Network. She is fluent in German, Polish, and English, and proficient in French.

Research interest: Euro-Atlantic security | nuclear arms control and disarmament | emerging technologies | global existential risks.

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Grace Kier is a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, she worked at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, and the PIR Center in Moscow, Russia. Grace graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with degrees in Government and Russian/Post-Soviet Studies, and she will begin her Master's in Russia, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University in autumn 2021. She has also studied at Saint Petersburg State University and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and is proficient in Russian. Grace is passionate about arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament because of the truly global impact of nuclear weapons.

Research interests: new technologies and arms control | the impact of arms control negotiations on the broader U.S.-Russia relationship

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Artem Kvartalnov is an M.A. candidate at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and an intern at PIR Center (Moscow, Russia). Previously, Artem was an intern at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His articles have been published by Russian, European, and American media outlets, including the Russian International Affairs Council, Modern Diplomacy, and International Policy Digest. Artem’s research focuses on arms control, U.S.-Russia relations, and status-related issues in international politics. Artem holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is fluent in English, Russian, and German. Artem is passionate about arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament because he wants to make the world a better and safer place to live in.

Research interests: nuclear arms control | tactical arms control | U.S.-Russia strategic relations | status issues in international politics.

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Ekaterina Lapanovich is a PhD candidate and an assistant at the Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia). She holds Bachelor’s degree in Oriental and African Studies and Master’s degree in International Relations, both from Ural Federal University. Ekaterina does teaching and research in the area of international security. Her particular focus is on nuclear deterrence, nuclear disarmament, humanitarian initiative and the ban treaty. She shares the idea of achieving security through disarmament and achieving disarmament through progressive arms control. Ekaterina is a member of the Ural Nonproliferation Group and the CTBTO Youth Group. She is a Nuclear History Boot Camp (Wilson Center and University of Roma Tre) and PIR Center alumna. Ekaterina is fluent in English. She is also able to speak Turkish and has a basic knowledge of German.

Research interests: nuclear deterrence | nuclear disarmament | humanitarian initiative | ban treaty.

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Daniel Leichte is currently a student at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Leiden University, specializing in the Middle East. Additionally, he graduated from the Leiden Honours Academy. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish and speaks some Persian. He volunteers at Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research as a conflict analyst and member of the communication team. After his studies, he plans to continue his journey in academia. Daniel is an ardent supporter of nuclear disarmament because he would like to experience a future that cannot be ended by the push of a button.

Research interests: space politics | nuclear arms control | new technologies.

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Noah Mayhew joined the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in July 2018 as a Research Associate, focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, IAEA safeguards and nuclear verification, arms control, US–Russia relations, and the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. Some of his previous contributions to nuclear discourse have been published by Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden, the Nonproliferation Review, and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. Noah has also contributed to an ongoing Vienna Center project on the nexus between the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology and nuclear security. Before joining the VCDNP, Noah completed an internship with the IAEA. Noah is a member of the first graduating class in the dual master’s degree programme in non-proliferation studies of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. His thesis addressed US-Soviet and US-Russian policy with regard to North Korea’s nuclear programme. Noah is fluent in Russian and is learning German.

Research interests: US-Russian relations, both broadly and in the nuclear field | IAEA safeguards and nuclear verification | nuclear non-proliferation and the NPT review process | North Korea’s nuclear programme | the past, present and future of arms control.

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Lindsay Rand is a PhD student at the University of Maryland and focuses on the technology-nuclear nexus. Her dissertation will analyze the impact of quantum sensing on nuclear force structure decision-making. She is also a research fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, where she conducts sociotechnical analyses on nuclear and emerging technology sectors. Lindsay holds an M.S. degree in nuclear health physics from Georgetown University and a BA in physics and classical studies from Carleton College. She is fluent in English and has working proficiency in Spanish and Latin. Lindsay is passionate about arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament and believes that the collective security risks posed by new technologies must be leveraged to reinvigorate dialogue on cooperative threat reduction.

Research interests: nuclear arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament | quantum information science technologies | emerging technologies and arms control.

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Daria Selezneva is a Research Associate at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations and serves as a Consultant at the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe. From January to July 2018, Daria was an intern at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs in the WMD Branch, in which capacity she acted as a member of the Secretariat of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference. Daria holds dual Master’s degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She is fluent in Russian and English. Daria is highly interested in arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament, because failure to adequately address these issues can mean the difference between life and death for millions of people and even for the entire mankind, which makes them extremely important and fascinating research subjects.

Research interests: nonproliferation, disarmament, nuclear arms control | NPT review process | history of the NPT’s negotiation | P5 process | denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Tim Thies is a Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). In his research he focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on deterrence. Tim holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies from IFSH where he graduated with a thesis on the implications of hypersonic weapons for crisis stability in the Euro-Atlantic region. Previously, he was a Visiting Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish. Tim is passionate about arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament because, even if deterrence seemed to work well enough until today, we cannot trust that it will prevent nuclear war forever.

Research interests: arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament | nuclear policy | emerging technologies and strategic stability.

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