Joe Brazda

Finance & Administration Manager / Research Associate
Monterey, CA


Joe is a senior level manager who manages the financials for all of CNS as well as carrying numerous organizational responsibilities. Additionally, Joe conducts research in a variety of topics both independently and in partnership with other senior research staff as well as assisting Dr. Bill Potter in his NPT Simulation course. Joe lectures to our visiting fellows on diverse topics such as Iran, the JCPOA and international organizations in the context of nonproliferation. He spent two years as a Graduate Research Assistant conducting research in export controls and illicit procurement networks as well as contributing towards the first online MIIS course in export compliance. Previously, Joe spent over twenty years in the private sector as a senior level manager before deciding to pursue an education and career in nonproliferation.

Areas of Research

  • Export controls
  • Iranian illicit procurement networks
  • Iranian centrifuge and enrichment programs
  • Safeguards and Verification
  • International Organizations and Nonproliferation
  • Global CBRN Issues


Joe earned his BA in Political Science with certifications in Arabic and International Relations from Arizona State University graduating Summa Cum Laude. He went on to earn his MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey