May 2, 2011
The death of Osama Bin Laden generated wide media coverage, including a page one story in the Monterey Herald that extensively quoted Dr. William Potter, founder and director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center of Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), regarding the significance of Bin Laden’s death for the larger struggle against terrorism. The same article also ran in the San Jose Mercury News.
Last fall, the Monterey Institute launched the only program in the United States offering a master of arts degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS). The program draws heavily for its curriculum on the expertise and resources resident in CNS and the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP). In the program’s very first year, students seeking an NPTS degree made up over 10 percent of the Institute’s total student body.
CNS, the world’s largest research center devoted to combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009. MonTREP conducts in-depth research, assesses policy options, and engages in public education on issues relating to terrorism and international security.