Mariana Budjeryn is a Research Fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. She had previously held an appointment as Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Belfer Center and a research fellow at the Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Mariana earned an MA in International Relations and PhD in Political Science from Central European University, formerly in Budapest, Hungary. Her research interests include late Cold War, Soviet collapse and post-Soviet transitions, nuclear (non)proliferation, arms control, and global nuclear order. Her contributions appeared in The Nonproliferation Review, Arms Control Today, World Affairs Journal, Washington Post, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, War on the Rock, as well as in Wilson Center publications.


Project Summary

The book investigates the politics of post-Soviet nuclear disarmament with the focus on Ukraine, the country that inherited world's third-largest nuclear arsenal from the collapsed Soviet Union. The book draws on multi-archival and oral history research to reconstruct the dynamics of nuclear renunciation and investigate the role of great power coercion and international normative environment in Ukraine's decision to disarm. In parallel, she also pursues a research project on the future of US-Russian arms control.