Anya Loukianova

Research Scholar

Anya Loukianova received her PhD in policy studies (international security and economic policy) from the University of Maryland in the spring of 2016. Her thesis, "Clouds of Suspicion: Airspace Arrangements, Escalation, and Discord in U.S./NATO-Russian Relations," examined the case studies of cooperative aerial surveillance of military activity, exchange of air situational data, and joint engagement of theater air and missile threats in the Euro-Atlantic region since the end of the Cold War. Anya will be a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND for the 2016-2017 term.

In 2013-2015, Anya was a program officer, nuclear security at the Stanley Foundation. In this capacity, she managed projects focused on international efforts to strengthen nuclear security and minimize the stocks of weapons-usable nuclear materials and high-risk radiological sources. Between 2007 and 2012, she was a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where she focused on nuclear weapons, missile, and nuclear fuel cycle issues in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia and provided research support and fact checking on a book dealing with cruise missile proliferation. During her time as a doctoral student at UMD, she was also a teaching assistant for PUAF720 (International Security Policy) and a co-instructor for PUAF790 (International Security and Economic Policy Project Course).

Anya's analyses have appeared in The Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Wonk, and WMD Insights, among others. She is a native Russian speaker.