Dr. Hanna Notte

Senior Non-Resident Scholar
Dr Hanna Notte

Senior Non-Resident Scholar ⋅ Berlin
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Dr. Hanna Notte is a senior non-resident scholar with CNS, focusing on arms control and security issues involving Russia, the Middle East, their intersection, and implications for US/European strategy and policy.


Dr. Notte was a senior political officer with The Shaikh Group (TSG), a non-profit political consultancy focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. An expert on Russian foreign policy in the MENA region, including in the field of arms control and nonproliferation, Dr. Notte spent a year between 2015–16 in Moscow on an “Alfa Fellowship” with the Institute of Oriental Studies and the Carnegie Moscow Center. Other visiting research positions have included the IISS Middle East office in Manama and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Syria/Iraq office in Beirut. She is a German national who speaks Russian, Arabic, and French.

Areas of Research

  • Iran
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • WMD Proliferation in the Middle East
  • Middle East WMD-Free Zone
  • Syria’s chemical weapons program
  • OPCW


Hanna holds a PhD on Russian-US cooperation in the Middle East from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), from where she also received an MPhil in International Relations in 2014. She obtained a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2010.

Published Work

  • US–Russian Arms Control in the Middle East: Defining the Diplomatic Playing Field,” Valdai Discussion Club, August 24, 2020
  • The United States, Russia, and Syria’s chemical weapons: a tale of cooperation and its unraveling,” Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 27, Nos. 1–2, 2020
  • “Russia in Chechnya and Syria: Pursuit of Strategic Goals”, Middle East Policy Council, Volume XXIII, No. 1 (Spring 2016)
  • “Moscow’s Flexible Alliances in the Middle East”, Policy Paper, Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies / Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Syria/Iraq Office) (May 2018)
  • “Russia’s Role in the Syrian War – Domestic Drivers and Regional Implications”, Policy Paper, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Syria/Iraq Office) / Maison du Futur (February 2017)
  • “Sticking with Your Ally – Explaining Russia’s Support for the Assad Regime”, I. Galariotis and K. Ifantis (eds.), “The Role of the International Factor Toward the Settlement of the Syria Civil War”, European University Institute, Global Governance Series (February 2017)


CNS Work

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