Nikolai Sokov

Nikolai Sokov PictureSenior Fellow

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Vienna, Austria


Beginning in 1981, Dr. Nikolai Sokov worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. From 1987-92 he worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union and later Russia, and participated in START I and START II negotiations as well as in a number of summit and ministerial meetings.

He has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and provide briefings to many organizations and governmental agencies, including:

  • US Department of State
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Energy
  • Various committees of US Congress
  • US national laboratories
  • UK Defense Academy
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique
  • Tomsk Polytechnical University


Dr. Nikolai N. Sokov has a PhD from the University of Michigan (1996) and (the Soviet equivalent of a PhD) Candidate of Historical Sciences degree from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (1986). He graduated from Moscow State University in 1981.


CNS Work

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Dr. Nikolai N. Sokov is the author or co-author of several monographs, including:

  • Delegitimizing Nuclear Weapons: Examining the Validity of Nuclear Deterrence (2010)
  • Reducing and Regulating Tactical (Nonstrategic) Nuclear Weapons in Europe (2009)
  • Engaging China and Russia on Nuclear Disarmament (2009)
  • Evolution of Nuclear Strategy in U.S. and Russia and its Implications for Arms Control (2003)
  • Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Options for Control (2000)
  • Russian Strategic Modernization: Past and Future (2000)
  • Russian Policy Toward the Baltics: What the West Can Expect and What It Could Do (1999)

He is also co-author and co-editor of the first Russian-language college-level textbook on nuclear nonproliferation (Yadernoe Nerasprostranenie, Vol.I-II, PIR Center, 1st edition 2000, 2nd edition 2002).