Chen Zak Kane

Chen KaneDirector, Middle East Nonproliferation Program

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Washington DC


Dr. Chen Zak Kane focuses on projects related to reducing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, with a particular focus on the Middle East. In addition, she examines means to strengthen the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safeguards system and the projected expansion of nuclear energy in the Middle East. Dr. Kane also serves as a Project Lead of the Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone Project at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. Dr Kane is the founder of the Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Network ( She has held research positions at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, as well as the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Dr Kane was an adviser to both the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism at Tufts University, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, as well as an adjunct professor with the National Defense University. Prior to joining CNS, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She holds a PhD and MALD from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and MA and BA from Tel Aviv University.

Areas of Research

  • Disarmament and Verification
  • Export Controls
  • International Treaties & Regimes
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Middle East
  • Nuclear energy in the Middle East
  • Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones
  • Proliferation of WMD in the ME
  • WMD Free Zone in the Middle East


  • B.A. in sociology, anthropology, and political science from Tel Aviv University
  • M.A. in security studies from Tel Aviv University
  • M.A.L.D. and a Ph.D. from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


CNS Work

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