Chen Kane

Chen KaneDirector, Middle East Nonproliferation Program
Washington DC


Dr. Chen 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. She continues her affiliations as a non-resident research associate with the Managing the Atom project at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School, as an advisor to the National Nuclear Security Administration, and as an adjunct professor with the National Defense 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


Dr. Kane joined CNS after serving as a fellow in the nonproliferation program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Previously, she worked for the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC), eventually becoming Director of External Relations. Dr. Kane has also held research positions at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Dr. Kane was an adviser to both the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism at Tufts University and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. She also served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.


  • 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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