Dr. Nilsu Goren is a Non-Resident Scholar at MEI and a Nuclear Security Program Manager at CRDF Global, where she leads a combined $10M portfolio of projects serving Department of State Offices of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (WMDT), Department of Energy (DOE), and international partners. She is also a research scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM) School Public Policy. Previously, she served as non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Goren has over 10 years of international experience holding research and management positions at various think tanks and nongovernmental organizations, including the Turkish Coalition of America, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Federation of American Scientists, and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, D.C. Her main area of expertise is Turkish foreign and security policymaking. She has written and presented extensively on nuclear weapons, nuclear security, nonproliferation regimes, and missile defense as they relate to Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to coming to Maryland, she taught at Koc University, Istanbul.

Education
B.A. in Economics, M.A. in Political Science, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey; Ph.D. in Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park.

Countries of Expertise
Turkey

Issues of Expertise
Nuclear security, nonproliferation, US-Turkey relations, missile defense, NATO

Languages
Turkish, Spanish, German

Contact Information

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