mcann at partnershipforglobalsecurity.org
Ms. Michelle Cann is the Director of Operations and Projects at the Partnership for Global Security. Her primary research involves analyzing the evolution of global nuclear security policies, new approaches to transnational security challenges, outcomes of the Nuclear Security Summit process, and U.S. international threat reduction programs.
Cann has written more than 30 reports and articles on budget trends, political influences, and policy opportunities related to global nuclear and radiological security. She has experience organizing and presenting at international conferences, workshops, and private briefings in the United States, Western Europe, East Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. She has helped build and grow three international coalitions of nuclear experts, the Fissile Materials Working Group and Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group, and Global Nexus Initiative.
Cann is a member of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the International Network of Emerging Nuclear Specialists. Her work has been quoted in news outlets around the world, including USA Today, RIA Novosti, El Pais, Korean Times, The Asian Age, The Australian, China Daily, France24, The Jakarta Globe, Global Post, Oman Observer, Times of Israel, and Khaleej Times.
Previously, she worked in Senator Arlen Specter’s Philadelphia Office on immigration issues, at Drexel University’s College of Arts and Science on civil defense strategies, and at Drexel’s Pennoni’s Honors College as a writing tutor. Ms. Cann earned her master’s degree in international science and technology policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University.
Expertise: nuclear security, policy and budgets, transnational security, energy security, Nuclear Security Summits
- “Nuclear Security Commitment Making: Results of the Summit Process.” In Volders and Saucer (eds.), Nuclear Terrorism: Countering the Threat, Routledge, March 2016.
- “Keeping Nukes Away from Madmen,” with Jenna Parker, The National Interest, December 21, 2015
- “Preserving Nuclear Security Gift Basket Diplomacy after 2016,” with Kelsey Davenport and Jenna Parker, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 2015
- “The Nuclear Security Summit: Progress Report on Joint Statements,” with Kelsey Davenport and Jenna Parker, Arms Control Association and Partnership for Global Security, March 24, 2015
- “Changing the Narrative on Nuclear Security: Evolving Perceptions about International Responsibility and Governance,” Conference paper for “Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: the Role of Nuclear Security, University of Antwerp, September 2014.
- Countries Commit to Secure Nuclear Material at Hague Summit, with Lesley McNiesh, Think Progress, March 27, 2014
- Nuclear Security Summit: Assessment of Joint Statements, with Kelsey Davenport and Sarah Williams, Arms Control Association and Partnership for Global Security, March 5, 2014
- Obama Retreats on Nuclear Security Funding, with Kenneth N. Luongo, March 5, 2014, .
- For Nuclear Security, Good Intentions Are Not Enough, with Kelsey Davenport, and Sarah Williams, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 20, 2014
- Nuclear Security: Seoul, the Netherlands, and Beyond, with Kenneth Luongo, U.S.-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, October 11, 2013
- Nuclear Security Summit: Progress Report, with Kelsey Davenport and Sarah Williams, Arms Control Association and Partnership for Global Security, July 1, 2013