ACONA Reports 2020-2021

Getting to the Table: From Bilateral to Multilateral Nuclear Arms Control Negotiations 

Dr. Maria Chepurina is an External Relations Officer at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban  Treaty Organization (CTBTO), overseeing cooperation with Russia and Eastern Europe. She  previously worked at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and holds a PhD from the MGIMO  University, Russian Federation.
Dr. Kanica Rakhra is a senior consultant in the Disarmament and International Security Affairs  (D&ISA) Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. She holds a PhD from Jawaharlal  Nehru University, India. 

Dr. Victoria Sanchez is a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State within the  Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. She holds a PhD from the University of  Delaware, United States.

Dr. Benjamin Schaller is a former research fellow and recent PhD graduate from the Centre for  Peace Studies at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. He has professional  experience in the area of arms control and military confidence-building from the German Federal  Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry of Defence.


A Shared Road to Zero? Towards a Common Language of Nuclear Diplomacy


Álfrún Perla Baldursdóttir is a Consular Service Officer at the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign  Affairs focusing on Crisis Response. Before joining the Ministry, Álfrún worked for the  Icelandic Institute for International Affairs. 

Jessica Bufford is a Program Officer at the Nuclear Threat Initiative focusing on strengthening  nuclear security globally. Previously, Jessica worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency  and at the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.

María Garzón Maceda is a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, focusing  on disarmament and non-proliferation. Previously, she worked as a civil servant for ten years at  the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international security issues.

Maria Roskoshnaya is a Chief Export Control Officer at ROSATOM Group. Previously, Maria  held positions there as the leader of the export control team and as the Project Manager of the  CIS and Central & Eastern Europe division. 

Does One Size Fit All? How a P5 Interaction Could Reduce Nuclear Risks 


Iskander Akylbayev is the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations (KCIR). He is a MPA candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.


Logan Brandt is an instructor of physics at the United States Air Force Academy. Previously, he supported material collection operations and analysis efforts to monitor various nuclear test ban treaties for the United States government.* 

*“The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.” - USAFA-DF-2021-229

Brynja Huld Óskarsdóttir is a strategic communications professional with a special focus in political communications. She is a part-time lecturer on terrorism and international secrity at the University of Iceland and frequent commentator on international security matters in Icelandic media.

Astan Tugov is Second secretary at the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. His main areas of focus include strategic stability issues, the New START Treaty implementation, and the P5 format cooperation.*

*The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the MFA of the Russian Federation.